Hain's 'Troops out of Northern Ireland' Days Return to Taunt Him

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), June 13, 2005 | Go to article overview

Hain's 'Troops out of Northern Ireland' Days Return to Taunt Him


Byline: By Aled Blake Western Mail

Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain's calls for British withdrawal from the province in the 1970s, were highlighted yesterday.

Neath MP Mr Hain, who is also Welsh Secretary, appealed for people in Northern Ireland to 'judge me on my record' after a BBC investigation showed how he expressed anti-Unionist views before Labour came to power.

Mr Hain said that Northern Ireland politics have been 'completely transformed' in the wake of the Good Friday Agreement and that his focus is on securing long-term peace.

Prime Minister Tony Blair was fully aware that he had expressed the controversial opinions, which Mr Hain did not renounce, when he made the appointment.

The BBC's Politics Show conducted a probe into his views on Northern Ireland going back to the 1970s. It said that he had expressed strong anti-unionist views and called for British withdrawal from Northern Ireland, although he never supported the IRA.

In an interview on the show, Mr Hain said, 'It's been fascinating watching all those pictures of me with a lot more hair ... And we've all got things we've said, 20, 30 years ago, indeed the whole world has changed since then.

'We now have a political process, we've had a period of parties that have been fighting each other quite literally with bombs and bullets, talking to each other, and having sat together in the Assembly and sharing government with each other.'

He added that the political landscape had changed dramatically since he expressed the opinions in question.

'The whole of politics in Northern Ireland was frozen in the past and that has been the problem and until we got the Good Friday Agreement, which opened up a whole new world for Northern Ireland and indeed elsewhere, that has changed everything.

'My job now as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland is to take this process forward and that I'm determined to do, whatever old clippings you dig out,' he added.

When asked how he could act as broker in Northern Ireland, he said he had worked effectively with Unionists. 'I've had very good meetings with Unionist leaders, Democratic Unionist Party, Ian Paisley and his team, I've had good meetings with the Ulster Unionists and I continue to intend to have those,' he said.

'We're all working together to look forward beyond an IRA statement, if it is the credible one we're hoping for and expecting. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Hain's 'Troops out of Northern Ireland' Days Return to Taunt Him
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.