It is reported that our local politicos have been involved in hush-hush talks in Finland aimed at, ahem, teaching the Iraqis how to overcome sectarian conflict. They really are shameless, aren’t they?
What I like about Martin McGuinness is that he’s such a cheery soul. You can always tell he really loves being in government. Even on the radio, you can practically hear him beaming. So there could be no better person to head up the Norn Iron delegation. He was joined by Billy Hutchinson, who has been short of employment lately and I’m sure was grateful for the opportunity. And, incongruously, Jeffrey Boy, who doesn’t believe in peace settlements – was he there to play devil’s advocate?
It seems peace has become one of our biggest exports. You frequently hear of senior Provos advising ETA on their peace strategy, although since the Basques already have devolution of justice and a Language Act, maybe they should be advising us. And I’ve heard Grizzly opine that what the Palestinians need is a peace process like ours. I’m afraid they may be in too deep a hole for that.
Curiously, all the reports have been coy about who the Iraqi attendees were. I’m assuming there wouldn’t have been representatives of the insurgency present… but if supporters of the occupation government need a peace process, things must be really bad in Iraq.
Rud eile: I am disappointed that Gail Walker doesn’t use her column this week to crow about her victory over the saucy schoolgirls. Instead we get some old cobblers about Princess Diana. Maybe Gail is cautious about declaring premature victory, which would make sense based on what I’ve been seeing around South Belfast over the last couple of days.