Hain: activist turned honest broker?

Paul Dixon certainly doesn’t think so. Instead he argues that because the new Secretary of State has not attempted to put clear blue water between himself and his partisan past viz a viz Northern Ireland he cannot be claimed as an honest broker. Indeed that activism is not as dim and distant as Hain might like to contest:Indeed that activism is not as dim and distant as Hain might like to contest:

He told an audience in India on November 20, 2000, that “the Protestant majority in the North ruling oppressively in a devolved administration and denying the Catholic minority basic human rights which it felt could therefore only be achieved by reunification with the independent Irish state in the South, an objective which some nationalists pursued by terrorism.”