thank you very much for this article on David Ervine and Gerry Adams' views on his life. It was a moving tribute and an interesting read.
My only misgiving is the use of the terms Protestant, Unionist and Loyalist (PUL) in one phrase. Is this a thing now?
As an East Belfast working class Protestant myself (albeit living abroad), I object to being associated with unionism or loyalism.
I also feel this terminology plays into the hands of the British narrative, whereby the Paddies of Northern Ireland are still stuck in some sort of 17th century religious warfare – nothing to do with them, of course!
Yesterday, I had the misfortune to listen to the Stephan Nolan show, in which the son of Punjabi immigrants expressed his views as a dedicated unionist. I am not criticising him for this – he has a perfect right. But do we now have Hindu/Unionist/Loyalists (HUL)?
Couldn't we leave the words Catholic and Protestant out of a situation in which the real issues have nothing to do with religion?
Sorry for this negative comment on what otherwise, for me, was an excellent article.
Is mise le meas,