Roderick Dunbar asks, “where have all the socialists gone?”, while Newton Emmerson rejoices in the tag of the middle class, declaring loudly that the class war is over! Billy Mitchell argues that the substance of British citizenship is more important than symbols.

“It is not something that can be plucked from the heart as a plaque is torn from a wall or a flag from a flagpole. In spite of Sinn Fein’s outward show of euphoria, and the despondency that this is generating within certain unionist circles, I remain a confident Unionist.”

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