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Enda playing it hard over the ‘hard border’

I SAW a remarkable sight on the TV last Friday. It was Enda Kenny at a specially convened meeting of the British-Irish Council. Enda was looking and talking serious stuff. “We do not want to see a European border on the island of Ireland”. Right on, Enda. The thing is, might we have to leave […]

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The common good badly served by Orange Order

WITH the various bloody and sometimes lethal clashes between blacks and whites in the US recently, you may have missed the emergence of another grouping there. It’s an organisation which is liable to add to the problems of an already-divided society. They’re called the Milwaukee Power Maintenance (MPM), and were established in Wisconsin just under […]

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Leavers couldn’t have done a better job destabilizing Britain

  I WAS surprised to see tens of thousands of people out demonstrating in London last Saturday against Britain’s decision to leave the EU. Not because I don’t think there are tens of thousands of British people who are appalled to the point of tears by what their fellow countrymen and women have done. No, […]

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Why Dave and Enda must now take action

WITH the obscenities that are happening in Gaza, it’s an effort to wrench attention back to our own tormented situation. But wrenched it must be, to listen as Peter Robinson tries to laugh off suggestions he might be pushed from his leader’s perch. It is, of course, no laughing matter, which is why the DUP […]

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Badly in need of democrats

They say the Scottish independence movement is having success on at least one front: they’re rounding up people who haven’t bothered to register to vote or who normally wouldn’t vote. Having found them, they’re hopeful they can persuade them to vote Yes in September. It’s expected that voter turn-out on September 18 will be spectacular […]

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The courts and police are our servants, not masters

I enjoyed the movie In the Name of the Father, although I’m not sure ‘enjoyed’ is the word to describe such a sad, brutal story. But at one point I felt a little cheated. That was when the Guildford Four emerged from prison and Gerry Conlon ran to to the waiting microphones and cameras. Not […]

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