Blair speech: The benefits

The focus changes to the political and economic benefits the Agreement has brought:

“…there is still violence, but at a far, far reduced rate – in 1972, 470 people died. This year, so far, ten. Ten too many, but let us recognise the progress made. The transformation in the economy has been enormous: unemployment at its lowest since 1975; long-term unemployment, down 65 per cent since the Agreement; manufacturing up 15 per cent, uniquely in the UK. New jobs, new investment and a new way of life, as anyone who walks through Belfast city centre, or that of Derry or any other town can see.”

Previously: the opponents of peace.

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