Friday, 23 July 2010

Agreement…what’s that again?

IT seems quite remarkable that the political classes ever agreed about anything apart from expenses, let alone the constitutional future of Northern Ireland.

To judge the levels of disagreement one only needs to look at the responses to the Eames Bradley report – otherwise known as the report from the Consultative Group on the Past.

This week the responses were published to the 31 proposals from the report which was completed in January last year.

While almost everyone disagreed with the reports recommendations, their alternatives vary so widely that it seems that the ‘past’ is a country where we will never visit at the same time, or with the same intent.

The ‘Legacy Commission’ proposed in the Eames Bradley report is so variously interpreted that it is easy to assume that no-one really has a clue about what to do, nor are they prepared to ‘walk a mile’ in their political rivals shoes.

Therefore, with no realistic chance of such a ‘commission’ being created anytime soon, there is one simple proposal that should sort things out: appoint Billy Connolly, Russell Brand, Eddie Izzard, Ed Byrne, and Frankie Boyle to investigate the ‘Troubles’. Anything else would be seen as just having a laugh.

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