Alex Massie

Revisionist Labour Market History: Ulster Division

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This Reuters piece on hostility towards immigrants in Northern Ireland contains the, well, oddest paragraph I've read today:

Historically, it was economic migrants from the largely Catholic Republic of Ireland who stirred up sectarian trouble in Protestant commmunities. The south, a "Celtic Tiger" until the credit crunch kicked in, is now the euro zone's weakest link.

Mind-boggling, dizzying stuff, you'll agree.

The Pleasures of Underachievement puts it nicely: "I was wondering where all those economic migrants from the Republic were going all those years from 1922 on. Looks like it was one long border raid."

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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