Julie Burchill had the chattering classes chattering, like she rarely has before with a fairly cack-handed attack on Ken Livingstone’s support for the London St Patrick’s Parade earlier this year. Malachi O’Doherty suggests some may be losing a sense of perspective in reacting so strongly.

Closer to home Nelson McCausland faced criticism for his insistence that sectarianism was not solely an offence of a single community in Northern Ireland.

In Derry though there seems to be a quiet and potentially very powerful transformation is already taking place. The Apprentice Boys march next week will take place in the context of the Maiden City Festival, an event drawing support of people and clergy of both sides of the community there.