David Miliband fired a cheap shot at the PM saying he must not sound like ‘a loud mouth.’ This is rich from Mr Miliband who has yet to say anything memorable or quotable. Cameron is rapidly shaking off the sobriquet of PR salesman. He is showing himself to be much more substantial. On Bloody Sunday he silenced the shallowness and idiocy of many unionist voices on what Saville adjudicated to be the killing of innocent people by members of the parachute regiment. He told it as he read it in India in speaking of the behaviour of the Pakistan government. The jury is out on his ‘big society’ project. I would enter one caveat however as far as David Cameron goes. He is starting to sound a little like Mrs Thatcher. He must guard against inheriting her hectoring tone. Watching how his political philosophy is given shape in the coming months will be fascinating. He has made an impressive start in an extraordinary era. Will Afghanistan be his achilles heel? He shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that Tony Blair’s career was potentially irretrievably damaged because of Iraq. Eamonn Mallie
Living History 1968-74
A unique, once-in-a-lifetime 10-week course at Stranmillis University College Belfast featuring live, in-depth interviews with leading figures from this tumultuous era in Northern Ireland’s cultural and political history.
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