What’s in a name? – The tricky business of what to call Northern Ireland…

Reading Peter Robinson’s opinion piece in the News Letter, one phrase has stuck with me: “Importantly, how best can we interact and work with those who do not share our world view on so many issues and who cannot even whisper the name of the country they jointly govern?” Let me start by clarifying that this is not in any way intended as a piece on local geopolitics. Rather, as a self-confessed devotee of onomastics, or more precisely toponomastics, with …

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“The terrorist constituency [are] the people we’ve got to reach out to..”

I found this slightly unsettling at first, but it gets more interesting as it goes on. Jason McCue’s performance at TED (which is what most TEDs have to be, tbh) is not the most sure and verges, at times, on the tricksy… But there is some very interesting content, not least the claim that the threat of civil lawsuit wasa powerful asymmetrical weapon against dissent Republican groups who struggled less against the potential monetary loss than keeping the core sympathy …

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