As others see us

It’s hardly news at home but how gratifying for the international image that Newry has made it onto the front page of the New York Times. That’s a lot more than can be said for Gordon Brown’s announcement of the final British withdrawal from Iraq, which is merely tagged on to that story about 35 arrests in the Iraqi ministry of the interior and national security.

..these days the lines of traffic leading off the main highway north to this city just inside Northern Ireland are not about guns as much as butter:…A recent retail industry survey suggests that one in four households in counties as far west as Galway — on the Atlantic coastline, about four hours away — shop for groceries in Northern Ireland.

Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London