Hiding good news

Even the most ardent optimist must surrender to the unveling reality
that the British Government is playing good Michaelvalian politics, and
doing what it must to get Sinn Fein to sit with the DUP, at the expense
of everyone else. This approach is creating a sense of surrealism
within the Northern Ireland civil service, as Irish News columnist Newt
Emerson reveals in his latest piece, “Hiding good news in the name of bad politics”

“The peace process now operates by appeasing two extreme
sectarian parties whose electoral appeal relies on exaggerating tribal
division. That appeasement has clearly grown to include collaborating
with the exaggerations themselves.”

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