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Paul Larkin

Chroniclers are privileged to enter where they list, to come and go through keyholes, to ride upon the wind, to overcome in their soarings up and down, all obstacles of distance, time and place.
Charles Dickens - Barnaby Rudge, Chapter The Ninth

The British Government pays the Irish Mafia to go away - it wont.


From a pure PR point of view, one can only stand back and admire the British way of doing things when it comes to news manipulation. The very cleverness, that is, of the spin and spy doctors at Whitehall – the British Raj’s highest seat of civil administration, - in the timing of their announcement of the payment of over £1,000,000 (yes that’s one million pounds sterling) to the drug dealing, Catholic killing Ulster Defence Association (UDA). The announcement by British government mandarins barely caused a ripple within a media machine which is usually voracious in its search for stories, especially where there might be a drugs, murder or sex angle. The UDA has all three angles in abundance. So well done to the British top brass for ensuring that the UDA payment announcement was sneaked through a historical crevice. In other words, the announcement came just as Chancellor Gordon Brown’s budget had been revealed and just as the make or break talks between the DUP and the British and Irish governments were reaching a climax.
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