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After this, we must ask what else has been secretly negotiated, or otherwise given away, all in the cause of ‘Peace’?

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  1. well in the spirit of Northern Unionist culture it it’s a ‘bad’ law it can always simply be ignored 😉

  2. As more and more secret deals trickle into the press the Good Friday vote becomes more and more invalid. It is wrong to trick people to vote for something that is not what it has been presented to be. If the pardons, OTR letters and, I’m sure, more dirty and hidden deals were stated in the GFA/BA would the majority of people have voted to approve it?

  3. // If the pardons, OTR letters and, I’m sure, more dirty and hidden deals were stated in the GFA/BA would the majority of people have voted to approve it?//

    Perhaps not. But, on the other hand, if the huge successes of the peace process had been forseen at the time – a complete end to sectarian killings and IRA violence and, on the political front, cooperation and partnership even between the extremes of both sides and no more of those silly rows about marches in July, as well as a huge surge in foreign investment of at times 40 pc per annum (NI is now second only to London as a destination for inward investment in the UK) – the Agreement would probably have got an even more resounding YES than it did, and it would have deserved it.

    It’s amusing to remember from today’s perspective, but at the time the Agreement’s detractors were saying things like the IRA would use it as an opportunity to regroup and rearm before launching an all-out terror campaign and, on the other side, that the British would use it to destroy Republicanism and reinstate Unionist majority rule.
    Well, like predictions of the end of the world, we now know that these never happened.

    The GFA has been a political success story hardly matched anywhere else in the past generation. Things like amnesties etc. are just the frillings. You must remember: NI had for most of its history been an absurd political set-up. Any solution would necessarily also have entailed some absurdity.

  4. New Yorker

    As more and more secret deals trickle into the press the Good Friday vote becomes more and more invalid

    The pro-agreement parties are still winning 80% of the votes. Are those votes valid? Jim Allister was clearly the most able and intelligent Unionist candidate in the European Elections yet finished behind less able pro-agreement unionists. The two communities are united in one thing and that is support for the agreement.

  5. As more and more secret deals trickle into the press the Good Friday vote becomes more and more invalid

    What absolute rubbish. How can you presume to know how people would vote Ni a referendum if they had knowledge of these ‘secret deals’ which were done pre and post BA?

    You are absolutely correct Noel. What those that shout about the BA don’t realise is that the state on N.I. is changed irrevocabley and never ever ever will they have their unionist paradise back again. The genie is out of the bottle and is not going back in.

    Indeed, if by some miracle the BA was somehow rescinded and Home Rule was restored I think you’d see the British Government become one of those ‘persueders for unity’ that Sinn Féin are always going on about very quickly.

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