Just like a lunatic fantasy…

Jonathan Freedland looks to Ulster’s Odd Couple (Paisley and McGuinness, in case you hadn’t guessed) sparks some hope that the apparently intractable Middle East dilemma might find a plausible release from its gory Promethean rock.


  • Bill

    Just replace McGuinness with Art Garfunkel. Nobody would notice the difference.

  • Greenflag

    ‘Just replace McGuinness with Art Garfunkel. Nobody would notice the difference. ‘

    And replace Paisley with Ayatollah Khomeini -same result

  • malachi

    There is a flaw in Jonathan’s analogy between palestinians and republicans. The palesitinian problem is a valid territorial problem; that is, it really is about who occupies and governs territory. the Republican interpretation of the sectarian conflict here in those terms is inappropriate; the long war was the wrong war. The peace process here was not a conversion among people locked in a territorial dispute to a more amicable way of resolving that dispute; it was cosmetic cover for the ending of a pointless armed campaign that had never secured popular support.

  • susan

    Well, I think my idea of what constitutes a “wild, lunatic fantasy” is more fun than Jonathan Freedland’s, but I truly hope his optimism is on target.

    Vive le “soggy consensuality,” vive.

  • Loyalist

    Dum-de-dum-de-dum-dum-de-dum-de-dum-dum. Da-Dum-de-dum-de-dum-dum-de-dum-de-dum-dum!

    Damn I wont be able to get that tune out of my head now!

  • Dewi

    It was a positive article – economic determinism I suppose – but reading this site and other excellent NI websites I see absolutely no sign whatsoever of any movement from Protestants toward supporting Irish re-unification.

  • John Farrell

    I read that article on the train yesterday. I couldnt help noticea “plug” for Slugger O’Toole. Apparently…..according to Freedland this site is “indespensable”. Not exactly the adjective I would have chosen.

  • mickhall

    One plug deserves another I suppose, but god save us all from English liberals who believe solving a problem is to make their own lives run smother.