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Westminster cannot eject its citizens

So Mary Dejevsky (Comment, August 30) more than suggests that Her Majesty's Government should consider making refugees of its own citizens merely because they happen to reside in one part of the kingdom as opposed to another.

While Ms Dejevsky mentions both Claudy and Bloody Sunday, 'Ulster Protestants' were not the perpetrators of either incident and she should be reminded of the facts. It was in March 1972 that Edward Heath prorogued the Northern Ireland Parliament and introduced direct rule from London, putting William Whitelaw in charge.

On July 7, 1972, three weeks before the Claudy atrocity, William Whitelaw held secret talks with the IRA in London. Whatever was agreed at those talks was never made public and it's hardly likely two of those participants who now enjoy salaries as MLAs will enlighten us. The violence escalated and in that month alone, some 97 people lost their lives.

The Government, at the stroke of a pen, can indeed cede the territory and Crown buildings of Northern Ireland to the government of the Republic of Ireland and sweeten it with a wad of cash.

What unquestionably it cannot do is cede the British unionists who reside upon the territory to a foreign constitution in which they have no interest and no allegiance to uphold. The Irish government unmistakably knows this to be so. Apparently, Ms Dejevsky does not.


Bangor, Co Down


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