If the way our new and future leaders talk about each other is anything to go by, then our new settlement is going to be a rough ride. Marie McBain picks up the keynote from Martin McGuinness’s profoundly misleading description of Paisley’s Free Presbyterian Church as the Taleban and Jeffrey Donaldson’s ‘battle a day’ remark:
“I have seen Ian Paisley engage with people in a warm way, including with the catholic Archbishop Sean Brady.” But he warns: “I can’t see that happening in the early stages with Sinn Fein leaders.” Rather, Donaldson warns that when the two sides eventually do get into coalition with each other, “It will be a battle a day: no love lost and no quarter given”.
It’s theme ably (if briefly) tricked out by Máirtín Ó Muilleoir in Comment is Free (even if he rather capriciously ascribes to all Nationalists a single attitude):
Nationalists weren’t terribly fond of the war but, post-conflict, rightly or wrongly, they’re full of admiration for those who fought it. Which isn’t necessarily fair but then this is war and peace not politics.