Wednesday 17 October 2018

Gene Kerrigan: British nod is coming in our direction -- for the time being

We'd do well to remember the Palmerston principle -- that foreign policy is guided by interests, not emotion, writes Gene Kerrigan

The little bow of the head that made the difference wasn't in the script. And there was, of course, a detailed script, with a one-page precis released to the media ahead of the arrival at the Garden of Remembrance. From the landing at Baldonnel to the departure at Cork, it was a production as rigorously choreographed as Riverdance.

"Guard of Honour presents arms," the stage directions said, "and the National Anthem of Great Britain is played. All military personnel salute."

There were appointments to be kept, people to be charmed, but that was for later. This was the business end of things, the first and most crucial act, at the Garden of Remembrance. The Queen had a job to do, and all the other actors had to know their parts.

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