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A row about the poppy? It must be nearly Christmas

Published 06/11/2016 | 02:30

James McClean has stood up for his beliefs and does not wear a poppy
James McClean has stood up for his beliefs and does not wear a poppy

Last week, I made mention of the weirdly cyclical nature of life and politics - what goes around comes around. Each ­generation that thinks it's dealing with a new problem is merely grappling with the same issues as the previous generation.

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Well, some cycles move quicker than others.

Why it only seems like a year ago since we had the great James McClean poppy scandal, which was itself a repeat of the same furore the previous year. And, if I recall correctly, the year before that.

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