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Anglo-Irish rapprochement

Why do Blair and Ahern get on so well?

By Stephen Howe   September 2003

Book: Home Rule Author: Alvin Jackson Price: (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, ?25)

The greatest failing of protagonists in Irish conflicts is their seemingly endless tolerance of repetition. Scan the readers’ letters pages of the Irish Times or Belfast Telegraph and ask yourself how many of these letters could have appeared, word for word, in an edition of ten, 20 or 30 years ago? How many of the arguments you have had yourself on those issues could have the same thing said of them? Alvin Jackson’s splendid Home Rule notes repeatedly how a matching syndrome has operated on the level of high…

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