“Is Sellafield less toxic than Windscale?”

Interesting analysis from Maurice Hayes on the disbandment of the UUF at the weekend, who notes the irony in “the UDA claiming credit for the disbandment of a body which they stoutly denied any responsibility for even when the proverbial dogs in the street knew that the Ulster Freedom Fighters was an alias for the main loyalist paramilitary organisation”. At bottom though he reckons the delay in getting to the table has as much to do with the way structural changes in employment have adversely affected the Loyalist working class than any differentials arising from the Belfast Agreement and its successor St Andrews Agreement. What’s not indicated by the decision, he argues, is the extent of the political will or otherwise, to embrace Northern Ireland’s changing social and economic outlook…

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