Friday 24 November 2017

How we've missed them, and their ancient quarrel

Cartoon by Jim Cogan
Cartoon by Jim Cogan
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

Ah, how strange it has been to hear them again, those voices from Northern Ireland. (I was nearly going to call it "the North", until I remembered that "the North" is a Sinn Fein usage, calculated to cause some sort of irritation to the other side, who favour "Northern Ireland" for similar reasons - and perhaps because that's what it's actually called, for whatever reason.)

You forget about that sort of thing, when you haven't heard those voices for a while, those hard Northern voices speaking their truths as they understand them, as soon as you turn on your radio in the morning.

Why, there's Gerry Adams talking about the need for the Government of this country to involve itself more with what he calls "an all-island vision", and there's Sammy Wilson, looking for whatever is the opposite of an all-island vision. Ah, how we have missed them, and their ancient quarrel.

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