Belfast News Letter Articles

When David Trimble was a pariah in my homeland Ireland, some of us saw his greatness

Last month, at the funeral service for David Trimble — a friend I greatly admired and loved, seeing his widow Daphne — steadfastly, through many terrible times, his strength and stay — sitting alone as her children briefly left her to carry their father’s coffin...

Another republican legal claim being made against me

Gerry Kelly’s solicitors have served me with a libel writ. Published: 21 June 2022 For legal reasons, I can’t yet say publicly what he’s upset about except that I think it’s ridiculous and I’m standing by what I wrote because I believe it is true. I did the same when,...

Michael Higgins has delighted Sinn Fein by politicising the Irish presidency

Being President Higgins means never having to say you are sorry. Published: 21 June 2022 Nothing seems to shake this life-long Marxist’s remarkable and unjustified self-belief. He’s just dropped two enormous clangers — but he won’t admit it. He has plenty of form, of...

Boris Johnson has flaws but I still hope he will unlock the Northern Ireland Protocol

I’m a bit of a politics nerd, but being an historian by trade, I’ve always been interested in the long view. Published: 14 June 2022 Often I find myself comparing contemporary politicians with those of the past, which is why I find myself so impatient with media...

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