What was most apparent, however, was the contrast between the pro-life and the pro-abortion students. The former were attractive, bright-eyed, compassionate. The latter dull, angry, so lacking in humanity and, it has to be said, intelligence.
What surprised me was not opposition — these were, after all, publicly funded middle-class people with a lot of time on their hands — but their incredible ignorance.
They had not heard, for example, of Sinn Fein or the Irish Republican movement, not heard of pogroms, seemed to know nothing even of the left-wing world of which they claimed to be a part.