The Queen has played a marvellous role in helping to entrench the end of hostilities in Ireland with her visit last May to the Republic and today’s handshake with Martin McGuinness. Who would have thought at her Silver Jubilee in 1977 that she could have made a trip like this to Northern Ireland?
The contrast with the petty snub perpetrated by three Labour councillors at the last council meeting is extreme. I don’t know what kind of republicans husband and wife Ray and Lauren Wall and Yoel Gordon are but all three chose to boycott remarks from the Mayor to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. They only came into the council chamber after the Mayor had moved on. Maybe the Walls owe a higher obligation to the Irish state? Maybe Yoel Gordon is some kind of French republican? Maybe they will explain?