We’re now told that the ‘non-political’ church service that President Higgins had the wit, wisdom and political nous to decline, has a programme of events following on which includes a state reception at Hillsborough Castle, and historic buildings illuminated across the UK to celebrate partition and the violent birth of its misbegotten spawn, the north.
Any sign of Christmas with you? I only ask because, at the time of writing (Sept 15) I’ve just bought a box of mince pies and some little bags of gold foil-covered chocolate coins to scatter on the festive table.
All Hail the Chief! A hearty congratulations to An Uachtarán na hÉireann Michael D Higgins for not giving into the shrill and faux outrage over his decision not to attend a religious service loaded with political overtones to mark the partition of Ireland and the formation of Northern Ireland.
Jeffrey Donaldson quoted an economist in his speech last week who claimed that the Northern Ireland Protocol could cost £850 million per year to the economy and asked us to imagine what we could do if we invested that money in schools instead.
In any airport, why is the boarding gate to or from Norn Iron invariably located on the extreme periphery, as far out as a lighthouse? You feel as if you’ve already trekked halfway to your destination on foot, only to discover in the departure lounge every seat is occupied and a lengthy untidy queue standing dead-eyed amidst a welter of baggage, waiting for the check-in lady to arrive – which may or (more likely) may not, be soon.