Punishment beatings aren't a thing of fiction
Boris Johnson's criticism for linking punishment beatings with Second World War movies could easily have been avoided.
All he needed to do was to look closer to home to see that punishment beatings aren't the stuff of drama - paramilitaries are still killing and maiming people in Northern Ireland, much as they have done for almost 50 years.
While it took five years for the world to crush Nazi tyranny, it is abundantly clear, half-a-century since the beginning of the Troubles, that there is no political backbone whatsoever to end the serial human rights abuses by paramilitaries in Northern Ireland.
How can we make a Fresh Start until this iniquity is addressed?
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