Friday April 10, 2020

Shaking hands with the enemy

Talking To Terrorists How to End Armed Conflicts By Jonathan Powell Bodley Head, €17.99

9th January, 2015

On the day that Tony Blair first met Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness in 1997, he went for a walkabout in Protestant East Belfast. To his confusion, the new prime minister was mobbed by a crowd of elderly ladies who waved their fists and threw rubber gloves at him. His chief of staff Jonathan Powell had to explain that, as far as unionists were concerned, no British leader should shake the hand of an Irish...

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