Sound and fury, signifying nothing

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 20 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:174
  1. Liam Farrell

    It is very hard to articulate just how disheartening the past week has been. Graham Greene reflected that anyone can die for something beautiful—a family, a civilisation, a truth—but that it takes a god to die for something miserable and sordid. As Ulster trudged towards its own squalid Calvary, we never needed a god more. As I explained in this column two months ago, the marching season is a time of atavistic madness and always a source of resentment and conflict, but none of us could have predicted such a rapid descent into a stinking chaos where monsters prowl and the wild packs …

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