Excuses excuses

A timely intervention by Malachi O’Doherty in The Guardian argues that a facile row about photographs, however heavily promoted by the media, was not the real issue – The DUP and Sinn Fein are arch political pragmatists, who would never let pride or self-respect get in their way.A quick glance through the press round-up in the same paper however, reveals that he should, perhaps, have taken into account more local journalists too, most of whom were also ready to accept “that the thing turns on Paisley’s insult and the IRA’s wounded pride“.