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Our politicians, like Moygashel pyre builders, dangerously playing with fire

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In a country where the word “incendiary” is pretty much a constant in the daily headlines, it’s surprising that nobody has come up with the idea of thermal deflectors before now.

Thermal deflectors may sound a bit Spock from Star Trek (“Set thermal deflectors to stun”) but presumably they do what it says on the heat shield.

And with Eleventh Night bonfires now in the final stages of construction, one bonfire association is offering “customised deflectors” to residents whose properties are “vulnerable” to the monster bonfire built beside their homes. (Who pays for this? Who knows?).

Moygashel Bonfire Association has announced on social media that it “would like to take this opportunity to offer all residents, within a reasonable thermal proximity of the bonfire, heat protection for their windows and property”.

“This protection will be in the form of customised thermal deflectors for all vulnerable windows, fitted by a qualified tradesman.”

The Association describes this offer as “only right”. Indeed. It’s also utter insanity.

You build a gargantuan, multi-storey pyre beside people’s houses. Then you supply them with window shields and tell them they’ve now got nothing to worry about.

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If your home and all your worldly possessions was in “thermal proximity” to a towering inferno there are a few other eventualities that might understandably prey on your mind outside of the possibility of just the windows........

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