FOR centuries the rights and interests of the people of this country, nationalists and unionists, have been subject to the interests of the British government, irrespective of the collateral damaged caused to the people here.
Looking back on my reporting of the final stages in those crucial inter-party talks at Stormont in April 1998, I found a reference to the “relatively-relaxed” mood whereby a group including delegates from the Ulster Unionist Party, SDLP, Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition and even, on the fringe, an unnamed Sinn Féin member, were described as watching an episode of the TV comedy series Father Ted, in Castle Buildings.
Theresa May paid little attention to Northern Ireland during the early, post Brexit referendum days, even avoiding the region during her much publicised tour of the devolved nations ahead of triggering Article 50.
Still, twenty years after entering an administration in the north as ministers, more than a decade after recognising the PSNI and taking seats on the Policing Board, double standards apply in interviewing Sinn Féin compared to the DUP.
I was intrigued by a picture in a tabloid newspaper last week of a small plate upon which reposed two slices of toast (crusts on,) spread with ‘smashed’ avocado; beside it, four Malteser-sized chocolate truffles in a tiny dish.