Shooting touts vs the right to speak!

Glenn Patterson wonders why in all of the speculation about who killed Donaldson, most of the analysis ignores the fundamental moral reality that ‘killing touts’ is always wrong. It is, he argues, inimical to the pre-requiste of peace: openness.

A few years ago I went into a print shop in Belfast to have a T-shirt made. The T-shirt was a very pale pink. The lettering I wanted was red flock, two inches high. I told the printer the four-letter word I had in mind. “We can’t do that,” he said. “That’s the worst word.” The word was “tout”. I think he was afraid I was going to make someone else wear the T-shirt. I assured him it was for me. A bilingual pun. A challenge to post-ceasefire Northern Ireland: Tell all.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty