An interesting clip from the BBC, in which Peter Hitchens claims, that in 1998 the British Government – under pressure from the Clintons – surrendered to the Provisional IRA.
When the presenter points out that the IRA did not achieve Irish reunification, Hitchens remarks that it is merely a matter of time and that the present interim arrangement has only been constructed to allow Sinn Fein to put the structures in place for its eventual and gradual realisation, with the six counties becoming distinctly less British as the years pass on.
It’s difficult to disagree with much of what he’s said. It seems there is a degree of realism creeping into the mind-set of the British Right.
I’m not sure this realism will be shared among the British nationalists in the north, they seem to prefer a head-in-sand approach, hence the furore over the removal of the Union flag.
So many shredded promises: we’ll never sit in Government with Sinn Fein, we’ll never allow the Maze to be redeveloped, we’ll never allow Policing and Justice Powers to be devolved to the north, we’ll never allow them to take down our flag...
Hitchens has them sussed out.