Tuesday 12 December 2017

How statesmen are vulnerable to oblivion

John Redmond shows that the pressure of public life can polish and pulverise, writes John-Paul McCarthy

John-Paul McCarthy

Alastair Campbell went out of his way this week to heap praise upon Bertie Ahern's forgotten statecraft in Northern Ireland.

In doing so, he reminded us of the public man's unique vulnerability to oblivion and her works.

Dermot Meleady's absorbing new biography of John Redmond offers similarly wry asides on the ironies of historical reputation.

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