When the Democratic Unionist Party was founded in September 1971 (‘right wing in the sense of being strong on the constitution, but to the left on social policies’) it was clearly a party of protest against the ‘big house unionism’ of the Ulster Unionist Party.
The case of a Co Antrim man who died by suicide after being confronted by a group of self-styled `paedophile hunters', has caused deep concern and raises questions about the activities of such organisations.
With this year's internment anniversary now passed, it is a good time for Belfast City Council, statutory agencies, politicians and community representatives to take stock of the summer's events in relation to bonfires.
One local paper carried a full-page advertisement, complete with pretty girls in Santa hats, holding snowflake-spattered brochures for a city centre hotel, urging us to book our Christmas party night - without delay.
IT IS doubtful if many, indeed any, of those involved in violence in the Markets area of Belfast yesterday were alive at the time internment without trial was introduced by the British government in a disastrous bid to end the then embryonic 'troubles' in 1971.