Democratic progress, but don’t tell the people!

Brendan O’Neill makes a welcome return onto the Northern Ireland scene, with his Sp!ked (spikey?) analysis of the way in which all the important moves in the peace process have been managed in a space, which at all times is safely removed from the public’s gaze:

…the officials driving the process tend to view the people of Northern Ireland suspiciously, some believing that the people’s base instincts could even throw the process off course. Officials worry that if Northern Ireland’s politicians, currently being weaned off their desires for a single-identity solution, are allowed too much contact with the people, it might re-ignite their old political posturings, where they will attempt to win votes by appealing to the masses’ presumed desires for old-fashioned solutions.