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Michael Portillo

Michael Portillo

Taron Egerton in a scene from ‘Rocketman’

Taron Egerton in a scene from ‘Rocketman’

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Michael Portillo

One hundred years ago, Ireland was at war with the British Empire. A simmering enmity to occupation that had begun centuries before had found its fullest expression in the 1916 Rising, the brutal repression of which had turned the public mood irrevocably towards the cause of freedom. A guerilla war brilliantly masterminded by Michael Collins was in full swing across the country, with attacks on RIC barracks and the auxiliaries leading to bloody reprisals.

An endgame of sorts was in play, though the coming Treaty and Partition would lead to a civil war and sow the seeds of future miseries.

But what did the British think about all this?