Shashi Tharoor, the noted Indian politician and author, delivers some home truths on the murderous nature of the British Empire to the Oxford Union and the long shadow it has cast over its former colonies. Substitute “Ireland” for “India” in Tharoor’s arguments and most of these hard facts would still apply. We are told by the defenders of partition that Britain would baulk at continuing the financial subvention of the north-east of this island nation after reunification. So why call it “subvention” when we can give it a more honest name? Lets just call it “war reparations” and leave it at that.