First of a couple of pieces on the succession of Paisley by Peter Robinson. For a man who has been in politics just about as long as his now middle aged party, it’s unlikely he will come to symbolise ‘change’ any more than Gordon Brown was able to after Blair. But there is a dilemma facing both himself and Martin McGuinness. How to create conditions for a full blooded politics, that yet transforms the mercilessly uncivil politics of war? And not least of their concerns must be overcoming the residual condition of that war: what Russell Weigley terms “recalcitrant indecisiveness”.
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