Troops out, mostly…

THE end of Operation Banner, the British Army’s longest running operation, was announced last year, although the Government spin doctors might have thought it prudent to remind republicans of that fact now. What’s new are the details of the ‘normalisation’. So while there will be ‘troops out’ of the People’s Republic of South Armagh (new leader required), it’s not exactly the total removal of the ‘British presence in Ireland’.