Mudcat Café message #268090 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #23852   Message #268090
Posted By: Peter K (Fionn)
30-Jul-00 - 05:32 PM
Thread Name: BS: Grit your teeth, the PIRA boys are out
Subject: RE: BS: Grit your teeth, the PIRA boys are out
It's a bit lame deriding The Times as British, Paddymac. It's owned by a globalised Oz (Rupert Murdoch) who has several governments, including Blair's, dancing to his tune. And having lived in the north, with my sympathies overwhelmingly with the nationalist side, I'd have to say the British press is more reliable than the American (and I've filed copy to both sides of the Atlantic) on northern Irish matters - if only because it's got to be. More of its readers see more broadcast footage. There has been much crap Brit reporting and first-classs American of course. But I doubt whether any paper gave the Army a harder time in the worst years of the troubles than The Guardian (which could also be crappy too).

The Times account was backed up by the bits I saw broadcast, but I'm delighted to see this other side of it. Pity whoever wrote it couldn't spell Robben.

Seriously, I thought some of what Danny Morrison said was commendable and I've always had time for Gerry Kelly. Jim McVeigh looks to have come full circle with his hopes for a socialist IReland. Who knows, the sticks and splinters (Officials and Provos) may yet get it together again. Fat chance of a socialist Ireland though, even though Maynooth - the catholic hierarchy - no longer calls the shots in Dublin.