THERE are distressing things most of us try not to think about, possibly because they are too upsetting or don’t particularly affect us. Until we realise that they do. They affect us all, whether just as citizens of this region, this island, the world in general.
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”.
“May this historical gathering be a prelude of a day in which Irish people, North and South, under one parliament, or two, as those parliaments decide, shall work together for the common love of Ireland”.
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.
It is not clear why British government ministers feel the need to treat visits to Northern Ireland like some sort of clandestine operation where the overriding consideration seems to be getting in and out quickly while saying or doing as little as possible.