There was a fascinating piece by Martin Kettle in the Guardian last weekend, about the degree to which citizens owe allegience to the state (complex, but well worth reading in with several local contexts in mind). It’s a serious question, that is rarely debated honestly in Northern Ireland, where political agendas of all types abound. It seems that Sinn Fein has belatedly backed An Garda Síochána’s battle against drugs and racketeering, but apparently retaining some interesting caveats.
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