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aquifer has commented 978 times (25 in the last month).
why have (the Brits) been pumping millions into (Sinn Fein) for years?
The Brits had to out-compete the diesel laundering plants pumping guns and bombs into the laps of sectarian gangs.
Sinn Fein get funded like other political parties. The democratic and bloodless route to change was and remains open if you have a good idea and conviction.
That route was not always open for Nelson Mandela.
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Parties are not well enough funded to be able to engage people. That is why the blood and thunder gangs do so well, being able to motivate or intimidate young people into doing their will.
In more developed economies the capitalists or the military industrial complex run the show, which is not a great idea either, exporting episodic crises and wars.
The downsizing of democracy suits the big money men fine, and disorder puts up the rate of return on capital, so when the daily wail whines about paying politicians, wonder who stands to win big when politics fail.
Sinn Fein’s efforts to arrest and handcuff the truth are failing.
Internment got very bad press.
The politics of the last five pricks with a pistol threatens us all.
After the costly Bloody Sunday enquiry, perhaps.
The problem remains that paramilitaries make secrecy their watchword so that the odds of their apprehension for their offences, or of a resolution for victims’ relatives, remain very long indeed. Paramilitaries do not run witness protection schemes, they are the cause of many of them.
“the Attorney General’s fanciful belief that the odds were stacked against the state” is less fancy than fact.
IRA induction consisted of learning to keep a mouth shut.
It is getting late to decommission this gag.
Prominent politicians have form in strutting their stuff with the paramilitaries, using them for their own political ends, and in promoting paramilitary involvement in community organisations.
Communal rights are crushing civic rights, but that does not trouble our political elite, who divide to rule.
I do not think that Peter Robinson has the will to face down loyalist paramilitaries.
Nice that people can vote to end these pregnant silences.
If during the Atlantic tiger construction explosion years more of the people advising the politicians to wise up were graduates than the people ignoring the advice, maybe this is an apology to the generation that must now emigrate or pay taxes in perpetuity.
I am calling for a broadcast ban on threats from local politicians that they are going to sue, because they have too often failed to proceed, reach a settlement, or arrive in court.
These threats can be just a rhetorical device to cast doubt on an accusation or a ploy to scare journalists off when they know MLAs have access to free legal advice.
As for SFDUP taking control of broadcasting?
They ran the news for a generation or two by shouting blocking and breaking stuff and flying flags, but would they be any good at light entertainment?
The Attorney General’s suggestion may help us listen to victims as victims better, when there is little prospect of legal retribution for the wrongs suffered. It is unfair to leave an expectation that their hurt will ever be balanced by any punishment of the perpetrators, for the overwhelming majority can never get that justice.
Leaving the truth out in the open field for the historians may be safer than having scrums of opposing teams trying to smuggle it forward, or having perpetrators centre stage in court with narratives redacted or rehearsed.