When, on Wednesday, Northern Ireland secretary Karen Bradley insisted that killings by the British army or police during the Troubles were “not crimes” she gave a perfect example of what happens when politicians are ill-informed and have no empathy with their brief. Despite her immediate apology, the blunder suggests she is hardly the person
Few in the Arab world today, unlike in Kosovo, for example, harbour many illusions about Western assistance. As for suggestions that the West somehow arm the rebels, isn’t that what happened with the mujahedeen in Afghanistan and which led to Taliban rule in the first place?
AS THE full extent of the nation’s failings becomes visible, we should reflect on what aspects of Irish behaviour and attitudes differ to the rest of the developed western world. What are the cultural issues to address that contribute to us being on the brink of bankruptcy?
HAVE you encountered the latest social phenomenon? The Celtic Cubs are voting with their feet. They’ve heard all the propaganda about recovery and positivity. Their real choice is Canada, Australia or Britain. Emigration parties are now commonplace as well wishers offer their best for a bright new future.