Having given Ireland her first and last colony invasion, plunder, pillage, famine, cultural subjugation and partition, our colonial masters in their boundless generosity are now going to facilitate the killing of our children.
BEFORE the communist empire based in Moscow collapsed in ruins, there was a category of journalists and academics known as Sovietologists, who kept an eye on things for the enlightenment of people in the capitalist world.
It is widely accepted that the health service in Britain and Northern Ireland is struggling to recruit and retain specialist medical and nursing staff leading to gaps in provision and spiralling costs as temporary personnel are employed on a short term basis.
AFTER their disturbing experiences of the last few weeks, and in particular over recent days, there can only be enormous sympathy for the residents of the Victoria Place apartment block close to Belfast city centre.
I mentioned during a radio interview a few days ago that I thought that the present and final phase of the political process was coming to an end and that it was, “increasingly likely that the institutions, along with the Good Friday and St Andrews agreements, would come crashing to the ground.
AS the ozone layer over Belfast begins its long recovery before next July's Eleventh night bonfires, it would be churlish not to pick through the ashes and acknowledge that this week's Orangefest was the quietest yet.
Why has unionism picked this moment to show a little backbone, relatively speaking, against eleventh night bonfires? The timing is hardly propitious, with a political vacuum at Stormont around a ‘culture war’ deadlock over the Irish language.
While this year's Twelfth has been one of the quietest in recent years - something that will regarded with relief throughout the north - it is clear that considerable issues remain over some Eleventh Night bonfires.
Many people rash enough to venture out this morning without checking a list of Orange marches might find themselves re-routed or delayed but it’s all much reduced and predictable now compared to a generation ago.
A letter to my daughters: ``Who could have scripted it? You two starting great jobs a mile apart within a couple of weeks, in a city of nine million people that stretches the distance from Belfast to Maghera.