‘Balkanisation isn’t UK integration’…

AFTER Eric Waugh voiced regret and suspicions over the INLA assassination of Tory intelligence supremo Airey Neave, the former political adviser to the Thatcher cabinet member disputed his theory in the Belfast Telegraph.Waugh drew parallels between Neave’s “one or more regional councils”, which the MP believed would better integrate Northern Ireland into the UK, and the outcome of the recent Review of Public Administration some 25 years later. But Neave’s old adviser doesn’t see the comparison, arguing “they will carve up the province between unionists and republicans, with each having their own sphere”.

Is Balkanisation really inevitable?