Why, asks an old friend, does the British media not care what happens here? Ian Acheson was writing in The Critic about the decision of Fermanagh and Omagh District council to debate a motion opposing the extradition of Liam Campbell to Lithuania.
Liam Campbell was convicted in a civil hearing of the murder of 29 people in the Omagh bomb of 1998.
Why would the council of an area that had been attacked in such a brutal way seek to spare the bomber from criminal prosecution in another country? It is not as if the other country is one with uncivilised standards of justice like China or the United States. Lithuania is a member of the European Union.
Ian's explanation for the media silence about this obvious hot story was that the media is generally wary of jeopardising the peace process and then being responsible for a return to violence.
I don't really think that is the explanation.
There have been many discussions down the years about British media neglect, even during the worst of the Troubles.
The IRA discovered that a small bomb in London made a greater stir than a big one at home. And some theorised that this was evidence of a colonial mindset, a sense that the Irish are of less value and interest than the English, intrinsically.
But actually, the media prioritise the local. A murder 10 miles away from a newspaper office is a bigger story than one 500 miles away.
This isn't always true. If a British minster was assassinated in a far-off country it would still be a big story. If another young black man is stabbed in London it might not even warrant a mention.
The frequency of events dulls interest in them and deaths in the Troubles quickly became as boring as street killings of young people, especially black young people because the media assumed that these things were just background noise to ordinary life.
Add to that an exasperated sense that nothing can be done to change the routine of killing and people prefer not to be reminded of the futility of their thinking about these things. A great story is one that is dramatic and new, that triggers a wave of commentary and analysis.
But once everything that can be said has been said and still nothing has changed, the story slides down the list of most interesting things and then disappears altogether, only to be revived when new circumstances make it topical.
So, we all heard about the Chinese incarceration of Uighur Muslims and were appalled. But the media can't feed us daily updates from the camps and we have no solutions to offer anyway, so the story dies.
We similarly ignore wars in the Middle East, including the ones we profit from.
Then the story changes. China becomes a cold war enemy so politicians throw what dirt they can and the Uighurs become a story again.
The question then is whether and how the oddities of life in Northern Ireland, such as would ordinarily make a Brit choke on a chop, can ever make it into the media there, and into animated public discourse.
The only way that will happen is with events here impacting on Westminster. Before the DUP made a confidence and supply agreement with the Tories the British media knew so little about the party that one paper depicted unionists as bog paddies slurping Guinness.
Even the peace process was of no particular interest in itself apart from the fact that it was linked to the fortunes of Tony Blair and the Labour Party.
The sky would have fallen if Nicola Sturgeon had broken her own social distancing rules to attend the funeral of a Scottish nationalist terrorist. She is the leader of a large party that sits in Westminster and she would have made that party vulnerable to criticism by such behaviour. So political enemies of the SNP would have waded in with most of the media behind them.
If a Labour council voted to oppose the extradition of an Islamist bomber to an EU country, the media in Britain would go berserk. And that is because there would be political advantage for other parties to gain from Labour having let itself down so badly.
Look at the fuss over anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.
What if there was some sniff of racism among members of Sinn Fein or the DUP? Why bother, when nothing would change and no one else's political interests would be advanced or damaged by such an exposure? No one there really cared about homophobia in the DUP, or anyone's sectarianism for that matter.
Imagine if the Liverpool Fire Service had every year to hose down houses evacuated by residents of city estates to enable English nationalists to build higher and higher bonfires. The media outrage would be so great that no government would tolerate that, even if it had to send in the army.
England is accused of being 'exceptionalist', that is, imagining itself to be special in history and entitled to go its own way in a globalising world. But Northern Ireland is the biggest exception.
Even the kind of restraints that work on Donald Trump don't apply to our politicians. He could not attend a rally of the Ku Klux Klan to thank white supremacists for their support. But would that be worse than Michelle O'Neill honouring the IRA which was responsible for hundreds of murders? In the eyes of a lot of people it wouldn't.
Or others honouring the Parachute regiment which wilfully murdered people on the streets?
Or the UVF. Last week a member of a political party linked to the UVF objected to the presence of a legitimately elected Westminster MP at a protest in his own constituency. Why wasn't that on the front pages of the British dailies?
It would have been if it had happened in Hull or Carlisle. Of course, the MP, Sinn Fein's John Finucane wasn't in the House to complain about that abuse the way Alexandria Ocasia-Cortez unforgettably complained about harassment by a fellow Congressman.
There is another way of stating this problem. We are of no consequence at the centre where decisions are made and where politics is real. The media pays no attention to us because we are the poor relation, the irresponsible cousin who will never grow up. The London tabloids wouldn't even be interested in a sex scandal here if any of our dullards could rouse themselves to generating one.