Last Sunday, I did not wear a poppy. It has become a symbol of every member of the British armed forces including those who killed civil rights marchers and other civilians in Derry, Ballymurphy and elsewhere in Ireland.
In response to Sean Taggart (October 30), I must tell him that having researched the incident at Knock for many years I have long since arrived at the inescapable conclusion that a Church in deep crisis resorted to the lowest levels of deceit and trickery to dupe and fool its followers – and restore its shattered reputation and diminished authority among the local community.
We continue to hear of people getting death threats in Northern Ireland. It has been a persistent factor affecting a large number of people during Northern Ireland’s history and is not the hallmark of a civilised society
I have become very concerned to hear a number of notables within the political and business communities suggesting that the European Union’s proposed ‘backstop’ for Northern Ireland post Brexit would “represent the best of both worlds”.
I read Alex Kane’s explanation (October 19) for voting Leave. His objections mainly abstract constitutional concerns, were unconvincing to put it mildly. I am sure they talk of nothing else in Ballymena.
Remarks attributed to Harold Wilson when he was British prime minister in 1963 ‘A week is a long time in politics’ could never be truer today as we listen to one idiot after another competing for air space to have their earth-shattering views on Brexit heard.
On October 6 in Derry’s Guildhall Square people from across the north, from diverse religious and political backgrounds and none, stood together, proudly celebrating the legacy of the Civil Rights movement, and asserting that without the right to life, all other rights are meaningless.