Sunday 23 July 2017

Brendan Keenan: Coalition in need of a new story based on revised economic plan

WHEN the first IRA ceasefire was declared, a shrewd, if cynical, observer said that unionists were too dim to admit that they had won, and republicans were too clever to admit that they had lost.

It still seems to be much the same. The loyalist mobs are waving their victimhood over the Belfast City Hall flag. But there is no doubt which flag will fly, only about how often. The flag is the union flag. Who won?

These ruminations were sparked, not by the flag issue but by a shrewd, if cynical, letter to a newspaper about the budget rows. The writer maintained, in so many words, that Labour was too dim to admit to its victories and Fine Gael too smart to own up to its losses.

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