Gary Hart: US will invest in Northern Ireland, but only if there is stability
Translated: America will invest in Northern Ireland as long as they can make a profit from it.
Gary Hart pontificating as though America functions without instability. Has he so soon forgotten the stand-offs Democrats and Republicans have had, which led to many government workers being sent home; many government workers having to wait for their salaries.
His solution to the sectarian divide? More religion. Laughable, really.
No US investment then.
Now, if Americans can just follow suit and find a common identity for themselves; the Republican/Democratic divide is perhaps even more strident than that separating nationalist/loyalist.
Utter nonsense. It is not about developing one identity (look at how the rainbow nation of South Africa has failed lamentably in this); what matters is respect for other people's identity - giving as much respect to different identities as one asks for oneself. Respect for diversity, rather than all being the same. Wait for the latter and we'll be waiting for ever.
In other words, adopt what new law and rules we put forward to Northern Ireland, or we don't invest. Blackmail, in other words.
Captain Terence O'Neill argued in the 1960s that, if Catholics were treated "well", they would behave "like Protestants". Has nothing been learned by Gary Hart?
Don't hold your breath then.
Scotch and Irish in the north are like oil and water - they don't mix.