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Eoghan Harris: Starry-eyed ploughers and the sinister Northern star

Published 25/09/2011 | 05:00

Who is the real Martin McGuinness? The one who told us at the Sinn Fein ard fheis he "treasures" the Unionist tradition? Or the one who calls us West Brits? We need to know because one is Weimar and the other is Third Reich.

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The Weimar Republic was destroyed by twin forces. Economically, by a recession. Politically, by the malign myth that Germany had been stabbed in the back, chiefly by German Jews.

The Irish Republic should reflect on the resonances. The McGuinness campaign also runs on a recession and a malign myth -- that the British ran a brutally repressive regime in Northern Ireland. Anyone who challenges this is called a 'West Brit'.

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