What rough beast?BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7140.1324 (Published 25 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1324
- Liam Farrell, general practitioner
- Crossmaglen, County Armagh
I began this column in the BMJ almost four years ago; shortly after that, though it was almost certainly a coincidence, the IRA declared a ceasefire, and now another unthinkable and previously unbelievable advance is also imminent.
As I write this it is 3 o'clock in the morning, and my friends and I are sitting by the radio, sharing a few beers and waiting for news of a successful conclusion to the peace talks, something apparently impossible, contradictory; a compromise between two aspirations which had almost seemed defined by their mutual enmity. But now at last, and beyond all hope, it is …