Tony Blair’s Honourable Deception: In Defence of the ‘Dirty’ Politics of the Northern Ireland Peace Process View Full Text


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DATE

2019

AUTHORS

Paul Dixon

ABSTRACT

The Labour governments (1997–2007) have been criticised for their use of ‘dirty politics’ during the peace process. This chapter argues that the peace process was successful because political actors took a ‘pragmatic realist’ approach which involved the use of deception and hypocrisy. This approach has been both an effective and moral way of dealing with the complex and difficult negotiations of the peace process. The most obvious and important deception was Tony Blair’s ‘honourable deception’ during the referendum campaign on the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) held on 22 May 1998. This chapter presents the evidence of Tony Blair’s deception during the referendum campaign and then argues that this was, generally speaking, a moral and ‘honourable deception’. This was because in this case the end justified the means and without it the Agreement would most probably have been lost and with it the best chance for peace in 30 years. More... »

PAGES

37-55

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  • 2008. Northern Ireland in NONE
  • Book

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    The Legacy of the Good Friday Agreement

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    978-3-319-91231-8
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