The consultation paper will be published, a period will elapse and then our robotic pro-consul (if he and his rotten government are still inflicting themselves on people here) to impose it. Sinn Féin and nationalists will boycott the plans (in his own words), Brian Feeney.
SINN Féin speeches at Bodenstown are always important. Bodenstown is the primary republican shrine, the site of the annual pilgrimage where republicans go to generate their founding father and first martyr, Wolf Tone.
A lot of thought therefore goes into the annual speech which sometimes, as in 1977, lays out a new policy direction and other times reiterates the existing policy.
On Sunday there was nothing new in Declan Kearney speech. It was a restatement of current policy but in terms that indicate that nothing has changed in the past six months. That is to say the DUP still refuses to committ to what Gerry Adams, (pictured above), repeated yesterday was necessary, that is ‘time-framed commitments to implement existing agreements’.
If the leaked talks paper revealed by Barney Rowan is anything to go by there’s not much hope of progress by June 29th. Yesterday was the deadline for responses by the northern parties but the paper is so bad there is a chasm to bridge.
For example the fudge suggested about an Irish Language Act downgrades it to lump it together with Ulster-Scots (which is not in any way equivalent to Irish), an armed forces covenant and the Petition of Concern under the heading of Equilty and Respect.
That is so far from what was agreed at St Andrews more than a decade ago that is an insult. Instead of a free-standing act ‘a hybrid option’, whatever that is, is proposed. The question to be asked is, did the Irish government agree to that paper being presented to the parties?? Any fool knows it’s unacceptable.
Clearly the British government sees no hope of progress on legacy matters and has drawn a line under them as unresolved. It is now proposed in a gesture of incredible stupidity to discuss a statute of limitations for killings carried out by the Security forces before the Good Friday Agreement.
Would that include the RUC and UDR (irregular Briitsh Army), or just the regular British Army? So much for equality before the law. Or extend to all Troubles events? An amnesty in effect?
Putting out this stuff for public consultation is a gesture of equal stupidity. On matters like dealing with the past the public divides predictably. It’s not like a proposal to rationalise hospitals or reform the household rates. Nationalists and Unionists hold diametrically opposed views which are impossible to reconcile in a public discussion paper.
It’s obvious what our robotic proconsul (James Brokinshire), plans. The consultation paper will be published, a period will elapse and then he intends (if he and his rotten government are still inflicting themselves on public here) to impose it.
Sinn Féin and nationalists will boycott the plans. Numerous very expensive court cases will FOLLOW. Inquests into security force killings will continue as before and well be exactly where we are now gazing in wonder at the political ineptitude of this proconsul.
Buying into any of the sort of suggestions inocted in the disscussion paper would be a huge climb-down for Sinn Féin. Is that what they pulled the executive down for? Why would they agree? What’s in it for them?
A say in spending any money the DUP wring out of the British Treasury? Then the British government collapses but Sinn Féin are sitting in an Executive being treated just as they were when Martin McGuinness resigned.
There’s another aspect the NIO (Northern Ireland Office), hasn’t taken on board. All the talk about the general election was the enormously increased unionist turnout organised especially in working-class districts/areas by the DUP’s friends in the UDA. There’s another side to it all though.
There was an increased Sinn Féin turnout but to what effect? The effect is quite clear. The northern nationalist electorate rejejected the SDLP (a moderate nationalist party who most members come from mixed or Protestant backgrounds), and voted instead to turn their backs on the British State by switching to Sinn Féin (over 1.5m votes), in the full knowledge that they would abstain from Westminster.
This wasn’t a case of the SDLP (Socialist Democratic Labour Party), vote not turning out. It did but in places like Co. Derry and South Down the voters deliberately turned towards the republican party.
Sinn Féin play the long game, so why would they settle for something based on tempory chaos in British politics?
With many thanks to: Brian Feeney,The Irish News, for the original story.
Not that I should mention but I would just like to say and (don’t take into it my political beliefs because of my blog), Yes, I am an Irish Republican and very proud to be my father (if you haven”t read my blog was a leading member of the IRA. So was my late Grandfather and my younger brother Martin Og, who served 12-years in the H-Blocks for the IRA. Oh by the way my late father served 45 years for the IRA. I know what I am talking about. That’s enough about me. This man is a unionist/Protestant I personally read and publish lots of his colums form the Irish News (Yes before you ask) Protestants do publish & read it. He is a great columnist and writer and speaks his mind truthfully. Thanks Everyone Kevin. Oh by the way I want to apologise in advance for any spelling mistakes. I want to get this published before midnight & have been writing since 6.00am. Sorry all.
The late Martin McGuinness Deputy First Minister for the North of Ireland follow this link to find out more: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_McGuinness
Find out more about the DUP & Tory Links check this out: https://ansionnachfionn.com/2017/06/21/the-dup-turns-the-screws-on-the-tories-while-demanding-respect-from-the-uk/
Check out this link to find out more on Sinn Féin’s Declan Kearney: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Declan_Kearney
Check out this link to find on more on Wolfe Tone:https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfe_Tone