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Mocking: Veteran journalist and historian Max Hastings

Mocking: Veteran journalist and historian Max Hastings

Mocking: Veteran journalist and historian Max Hastings

To offend the Welsh, the Scots and Ulster Protestants and to mangle the history of Ulster and to do it all in a single article is a remarkable achievement, but the veteran journalist and historian Sir Max Hastings has managed to do all that and more.

Now, Max Hastings is the product of a privileged background and a public school education, who lives today in the comfort of a rambling country house in rural England, but as a former newspaper editor who had previously reported on Northern Ireland for the BBC, you would expect him to have a good knowledge of Ulster history.

Yet, in a piece for Bloomberg, he wrote of “a million Protestants, most of whose forebears were ‘planted’ in Ulster by Oliver Cromwell’s followers in the 17th century”.


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