Peter the Punt recently wrote:
The Sinn Fein notion of a united Ireland by 2016 is rightly now regarded as a pipe-dream. Republicans when gathered together may still hanker after and indulge in the make-believe of achieving a united Ireland but few in private could believe it likely in their lifetimes.
And, you would have to say, he’s probably right on that score, unless something cataclysmic were to happen in Ireland in the next few years. Via Slugger O’Toole, I see that MI5 are advertising for the following skills in their new Belfast offices:
Arabic (all dialects, particularly North African), Sorani, Bengali, Urdu with or without Gujarati, Punjabi, Chinese (Mandarin), Somali, Pushto, Persian and Russian.
I don’t see that particular call centre getting outsourced to North Africa, India, China, or Eastern Europe anytime soon. But Northern Ireland -with its well-developed security infrastructure- is an ideal ‘nearshore’ operation for such a sensitive operation.