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  1. Comment on McGuinness trying to assure ordinary unionists that he recognises their Britishness?
    on 11 April 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Mark Durkan was following in the political steps of Hume, Parnell and Daniel O’Connell.

    McGuiness claimed to be following in footsteps of Patrick Pearse and Michael Collins. Are Adams and McGuinness now the very last in the generational list of physical force republicans – now all converted to the Hume/Durkan approach.

    Will we ever again hear the lament about the fourth green field and the old woman’s unmotherly threat:

    “But my sons have sons, as brave as were their fathers; My fourth green field will bloom once again,”
    the fine old woman said

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  2. Comment on McGuinness trying to assure ordinary unionists that he recognises their Britishness?
    on 11 April 2014 at 12:03 pm

    ‘No problems – it was White Tie’. More white flag than white tie!
    We’re still a long way from the force tradition saying it has decommissioned its black berets, and will never ever again use the gun, bomb and bullet, in an attempt to expel the Brits

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  3. Comment on Seamus Mallon: “No gobbledegook peace-nik speak, no motherhood and apple pie…”
    on 2 April 2014 at 9:34 am

    Socaire: You disappoint, showing a typical brainwashed Sinn Fein mindset, which believes the function of organised politics is merely to advance the causes of its military wing. Your absurd thesis is that every elected SDLP member, apart from its leader, John Hume, supported the military wing of the SDLP. Do you also think that Mallon and McGrady were also on the SDLP’s seven-man Army Council? Furthermore you seem to think Mallon did for the SDLP, what double agents, like Denis Donaldson, did for Sinn Fein.

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  4. Comment on Seamus Mallon: “No gobbledegook peace-nik speak, no motherhood and apple pie…”
    on 1 April 2014 at 8:30 pm

    My point is that Mallon, Hume and McGrady, jointly and separately, did all the most heavy political lifting in the peace process, knowing full well they and their party would not be the main beneficiaries.
    They were not saints, but they did put peace before self-interest.
    That is something that socaire seems incapable of understanding. His reference to Mallon as ‘Shame-us’ says more about him than it does Mallon

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  5. Comment on Seamus Mallon: “No gobbledegook peace-nik speak, no motherhood and apple pie…”
    on 1 April 2014 at 7:49 pm

    Socaire: Downpatrick is not a hard-line unionist town. But when Eddie McGrady was fighting elections against Enoch Powell, local Sinn Fein ‘activists’ opposed Grady, and opposed all politics, because they were ‘abstentionists’, physical force republican fighting to free Ireland . That included them trying to intimidate McGrady by tearing down his election posters, physically attacking his election workers, picketing his house and intimidating his wife, to the extent the police also had to present outside McGrady’s house at election times. So the Nationalist’s just didn’t need to out-poll Powell, they had to do that and also beat the Sinn Fein abstentionists. So, before 1987,South Down was represented by a right wing English Unionist for at least 4, if not 8 years, before McGrady overcame the combined Powell/SF combination.

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  6. Comment on Seamus Mallon: “No gobbledegook peace-nik speak, no motherhood and apple pie…”
    on 1 April 2014 at 1:03 pm

    socaire ‘I always had the impression that Shame-us was unaware of the ‘Hume-Adams’ peace strategy’.

    Completely wrong. When Hume-Adams talks began, Eddie McGrady made the following statement at a party meeting.
    ‘Whatever you think of Sinn Fein ,Hume’s logic is irrefutable. If talking to Adams can save a single life we have to go with it. If we manage to bring Sinn Fein in from the cold, we will pay the price in SDLP votes. What is more -when push comes to shove, in a deal to get Sinn Fein to give up on the armed struggle, both the British and Irish government will shaft the SDLP’.

    He was right – but while both McGrady and Mallon were passionate about theSDLP, both regarded service to the public as their primary political duty.

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  7. Comment on “why should we as a people even consider absolving you of murder in such circumstances?”
    on 18 March 2014 at 4:37 pm

    The IRA were the biggest killers – but they never deliberately murdered anyone. Their victims are all classified as the regrettable consequences of war.
    The struggle was not about civil rights. It was all about driving out the murderous Brits. So burn everything except their coal – and keep the wee ‘get out of jail free’ letter in the back pocket – just in case someone wants justice

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  8. Comment on #ShinnersList: “I have never heard an explanation as to why Operation Rapid as a term, was never made clear to the board.”
    on 8 March 2014 at 12:53 pm

    In the introduction to this subject the reference to a ‘dead rat’ is very apt. The death of rats is usually an invisible process – until the unmistakeable stench requires a further and more permanent cover up.
    Sinn Fein is quite adept at invisible processes and continuing cover-ups. Just look at records from the disappeared, to side-deals with the Brits, and on to the OTRs.
    If the ‘truth can set us free’ why does this not also apply to Irish freedom? – so why the lies and concealment?

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  9. Comment on If you want an excuse to bring the house down, you’ve got one now
    on 26 February 2014 at 7:16 pm

    This is a heaven sent, as opposed to a locally engineered DUP/SF excuse to bring the house down, in the run up to the European and local elections in May.
    The political furore couldn’t be bettered timed as a means of getting DUP/SF supporters to actual turn out to vote on May22.
    After that, Messrs Robinson and McGuiness will divvy out the jobs, and also the well paid non-jobs, on the Stormont gravy train – and all will be hunky-dory for another 5 years

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  10. Comment on “Morals in politics and political morality” Platform for Change discussion (Mon 24 Feb at 7.30pm in Dukes) #p4cmorals
    on 23 February 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Everyone has the right to act in conscience, and in freedom, so as to personally make moral decisions. No one should be prevented from acting according to individual conscience.
    So why on earth would anyone belong to a political party that denied them individual freedom of choice to vote according to individual conscience – e.g. in matters such as abortion?

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