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Nolan's interview had shades of Lady Di

Last night, for the first time in my life, I watched Stephen Nolan. Forgive me, but I thought I was watching a re-run of the Martin Bashir-Princess Diana interview. The parallels are worth considering.

Teary-eyed, head-tilting silences. Soft reflective sympathy-inducing comments about dying children. Little old me trying my best in the face of a dominant matriarch and against the might of establishment systems. There were 33 of us in this marriage. Let them sacrifice me, I simply want to be a king of hearts - the people's politician.

Then the other side. One of our own family stepping outside party lines. One of our own besmirching our glorious figurehead. One of our own turning the populace against us - truly the launch of an annus horribilis. Well-trodden ground, good TV drama, but a sideshow really. Get to the point.

Ministers, special advisors and senior civil servants knew of a lucrative loophole that was soon to be closed. Coincidentally there appears to be an amazing spike in applications. Keep your public inquiry into who knew what and when.

D McCabe

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