From Irish Political Review: February 2008
of the Omagh bombing on December 20th. He was also acquitted of 57
other charges. For him that should have been the end of the matter.
But next day the Irish News front page headline read "Still No Justice". The rest of the page carried
boxes with pictures of all 29 people killed in the bombing with
an extra box in the middle saying "Omagh Accused Acquitted".
Most readers of newspapers are left with impressions rather than
a headful of detailed facts. Newspapers know this. And the impression
given by the Irish News was that Hoey got off or got away with
|BELFAST CITY LIBRARY…||is currently displaying an exhibition called
Embassy to China 1792-1794. The Ambassador was George Macartney from
a landed family near Ballymoney, Co. Antrim. He was paid the then huge
sum of .£16,500. His was a joint mission on behalf of Prime Minister
Pitt and the East India Company. He had been Ambassador to Russia and
Chief Secretary in Ireland. His number two was George Leonard Staunton,
of Galway, whom he met in the West Indies where Staunton had been secretary
to the Governor of Dominica. And where, as the Library delicately put
it, he had estates. He owned slave camps.
Staunton wrote an account of the journey : "An authentic account of an embassy from the King of Great Britain to the emperor of China…" in 1797. Macartney refused to kow-tow to the Emperor because this would be beneath his dignity. He was then invited to the Forbidden City where a letter awaited him telling him to get lost. As we know other more forceful tactics were used later.
The Library’s version of imperialism is interesting:
"By the late eighteenth century Britain was becoming a major imperial power with ambitions to extend it diplomatic and trading relationships throughout the known world. The East India Company was already trading in Macau and wanted to expand further into China."
|THE BELFAST NEWS LETTE…:||
has decided to resume its coverage of Gaelic games following the attendance of Culture Minister, Edwin Poots, at a match between Down and Donegal in Newry. It had stopped coverage four years ago without explanation. Other DUP politicians have also been attending GAA matches. But the practice is to turn up five or ten minutes late to avoid having to stand for the National Anthem!
|LIBERTY…||the journal of SIPTU, had the
following interesting comment to make on "green" fuels in
its December 2007 issue:
"The headlong rush to develop biofuels is taking place with little or no regard for its impact on local people or indeed the long-term impact on the planet… In a nutshell what is beginning to happen in many parts of the world—especially the poorer areas—is that increasingly land is being cultivated to produce bio-fuels rather than food. This has a two-fold impact on the local people—creating both shortages and higher prices for food."
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