Could I remind the young people demonstrating on the streets of Belfast of the history of Scottish and English immigration into the north of Ireland from the time of the Clearances?
Could I also suggest to them that birth is a geographic accident? If my family had not emigrated to England, I may have been born Irish.
I would relish coming across to Belfast to talk with young people in schools. I survive today because of the resourcefulness of my ancestors.
It is through strength, unity and democracy that Ireland will survive, with respect and non-violence. The only alternative is total destruction: no religion, no economy, no politics to speak of. So please stop.