Boris Johnson’s election victory might have one positive impact. His 80-seat, five-year majority means the Tories are not dependent on the DUP and can insist, should they be so moved, that the bickering that has silenced Stormont for three years ends.
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
THE Catalan separatists may be too busy preparing to defend their assertion of independence in the Spanish courts — despite the absence of their leader, Carles Puigdemont — to look to Northern Ireland for lessons from that never-ending danse macabre of relentless conflict as tactic.