Thursday, July 11, 2002

More criticism of Trimble in the Guardian. The leader in yesterday’s Belfast Telegraph calls for Nationalists to understand the perception of the outworking of the Belfast Agreement amongst Unionist voters is vastly different to their own:

“It serves no purpose for nationalist politicians to berate the unionist leadership for failing to fully embrace the Good Friday Agreement, with all its ambiguity. For them, it has delivered on equality, but for David Trimble and a majority of unionists it has failed to produce the political stability – and respect for Northern Ireland’s constitutional position – that was promised. A line in the sand must be drawn that is not subject to revision.”

Brendan O’Neill takes a broader and decidedly more optimistic view of the situation.

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