Gut reactionaries

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

    Once again flames cast bleak shadows on the walls of west Belfast. Old men in bowler hats and orange sashes beat their ritual drums, bent on intimidation, then young men in balaclavas hurl petrol bombs into the soft July air. These two politically manipulated minorities leave their respective majorities looking on in despairing resignation. The videotape of the wedding in the hotel just before the Enniskillen bomb went off told it all. As the compere announced the bomb warning, the woman closest to the camera showed little reaction; just the slightest sagging of her shoulders, quickly retrieved, then an unhurried walk to the …

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