Tuesday 21 November 2017

Finally, the people of Ireland have achieved true liberation

We should celebrate the fact that we are now free from all sorts of useless information, writes Declan Lynch

As Obama started his speech in Belfast, he gave the traditional "mentions" to all the dignitaries, the First Minister Peter Robinson, the Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers, all the ministers in the audience, the Lord Mayor Mairtin O Muilleoir ...

At this point I rewound the tape, as it were, back to "the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers". I played this piece a few times, in my mind, as it dawned on me for the first time that something truly wonderful had happened: I did not know that Theresa Villiers was the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Maybe I knew it once, for about five minutes, and then it just got away from me because it just didn't seem to matter much, at the time. Maybe I just never knew it at all.

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