Friday, December 07, 2007

It's my party ...

I see disaffected ex-DUP man Jim Allister is to launch his very own new party aimed at those few unionists still stuck in the 1950s who think our Catholic neighbours should be denied a say in how the joint is run. Apparently the party is to be called the "Traditional Unionist Moan" or something.
As much as I criticise Sinn Féin (and others) when I think they deserve it, it's right and proper that they should hold some of the reins of power, because that's what democracy is about, duh. And let them stand or fall on their actions in the eyes of their electorate.
For too long, Unionists ruled the roost here in an unaccountable manner during days that are, thank God, long behind us. Some people will always want to turn the clock back for their own selfish ends, but what interest could Jim or anyone else have in disaffecting 20+% of our electorate by denying them a say in government? What does he want to do? Drive them to the arms of the Real IRA? And, yes, the pun is intended.


At 3:06 p.m., Anonymous beano said...

I'll not be joining Big Jim any time soon, but nevertheless I don't like to see unfair labels being applied. On that premise there area a few points I would raise BU.

1) Their design to see terrorists excluded from government does not imply a belief that "our Catholic neighbours should be denied a say in how the joint is run." Just that they, understandably to be fair, don't fancy the idea of the IRA in government. Who does?

2) 20+% of the electorate did not vote for Sinn Fein. 63% of the electorate voted (source) and 26% of them voted Sinn Fein (source). That's about 16.5% of the electorate.


At 3:07 p.m., Anonymous beano said...

Oops - for design read desire.

At 4:05 a.m., Anonymous bill said...

Perhaps, some of the electorate wouldn't want to see UDA terrorists, etc., or their ilk in government either but there they are.

At 1:34 a.m., Anonymous beano said...

Bill, "Or their ilk" could mean anything and therefore means nothing, so perhaps you'd like to name the UDA terrorists who are in government?

This whole equivocation thing is getting old.

For the record, I don't want to see the DUP in government either (in fact I'm not sure I'd want to see any of the local parties in government), but there they are.


At 3:34 a.m., Anonymous bill said...

There they are! I submitted a plan to the former minister for Northern Ireland with a system that would have removed all the N.I. parties from government for a generation at least. Part of the plan was implemented but may not have been because of my submission. Basically it was just common sense and variants had been used elsewhere after W.W.2. At that time, he was still running N.I. Who could have imagined the rapid and constructive changes that have taken place? Like the Irgun/Stern Gang in Israel, there are no more terrorists, just elected politicians. I hope they make the best of it for everyone's sake because there they are.

At 2:16 p.m., Blogger JG said...

Comme off it, Beano. People like Allister want to go back to the "good old days" and you know it.


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