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Micheal Martin is doing great republican service promoting the rule of law and equality under it. Great that he can be bothered to bother the shameless. We may have given up taking our politicians to task, instead suffering the poverty of low expectations. SFDUP really are a shower. Maybe it takes a bankrupt FF to recognise what a liability they are, accidents waiting to happen.
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So only Englishmen’s houses are castles.
Ours are magnets for ne’er do wells.
Robinson’s catastrophic and unapologetic treatment of the flags issue, Sinn Fein’s promotion of cultural apartheid over a shared NI state, and the way they both exclude other parties, entitles us to expect the worst, though what has been written tries hard not to offend.
Though what is government funding now?
Bigger sectarian schools will lead to more residential areas with one group dominant. This sharing lessons bunkum is just to take the bad look off rule by Rome. Sorry if the term has too much historic resonance, but the hierarchy have interests to declare, interests in achieving high rates of church attendance, recruitment of recent immigrants, and increasing donations to keep the whole shebang solvent.
Lets wait until the Tsunami of welfare reform hits. Will people remember what a Labour Party is for, or wave flags and blame the other side?
Peter’s weapon of mass distraction is already unfurled.
Are we missing that as our segregated schools get bigger, that they will develop larger single identity areas around them?
Walls are more obvious, but a less effective divider.
“men went out with guns and chanced their lives”
Their odds of survival were very good, better than their targets. Thousands of them were jailed without dying.
The paramilitary methods, of spying on people, ambushing people at work, setting bombs, threatening and extorting people, can have a lot of the risks minimised.
It might be thrilling, but hardly heroic.
“past evidence points to republican and loyalist paramilitaries but as each day passes and more evidence is emerging those figures pertaining to who killed the most are becoming doubtful.”
Not at all
Paramilitaries killed more.
The most effective weapon against armed and systematically secretive conspiracies will be accomplice evidence, and gathering it is a dirty business involving keeping agents active in murder gangs. (Somebody inactive in such a gang would risk exposure)
How does Amnesty view paramilitaries that murder and abuse and then become the government?
If they are too forgiving we risk swapping the electoral cycle for a cycle of murderous blackmail by fanatics for lost causes and oppressive religions.
“have every right and indeed every duty to know what the British state did to its own citizens and to those of a neighbouring state.”
We have no mission of paramilitaries telling the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Their induction programme usually consisted of how to keep mouths shut, so calls for enquirys etc. look like a handy stick to hit the Brits with.
The British state often failed to protect the rights to life of its citizens. Perhaps they failed to effectively suppress the murder gangs and armed blackmailers in a timely manner, robbing innocents of their primary right to life.
When Revolutionistas are trying to propagate a crisis it may be quite appropriate to avoid kneejerk repressive legislation, and to pursue criminals by covert means instead.
If we believe in equality and the right to life, look first at who killed most and had planned to do it each time.
Fund the parties.
Enable them to attract attention to themselves without inflaming and flattering the sectarian mobs.
And if these kind of speeches crack off a lot of law abiding hard working protestants to go and vote Alliance, giving them the balance of power, that is political oppression.
Welcome to the wacky world of the Supervictim, the perp who promotes illegality and disorder and then whines when the law is enforced or when they sustain an injury less severe than the ones they had planned for the police.
These idiots won’t be satisfied until they are facing Gurkhas with UN helmets on.
If they want S&M please find a friend on the internet and go rent a room.
“how many social workers does it take to change a lightbulb?”
I like the one ‘how many economists does it take to change a lightbulb?’
None. The market will do it.
The RUC in Carrick used to beat up innocent Catholic youths.
Were those retirees in the select crowd?
“90% of their resources concentrated on making sure no-one drives in a bus lane at 9.29am”
Yes. Selfish anarchists have civil rights too.
Legal protests are facilitated, communities protected, the hoodies with pistols did not get out to play, nobody died, offenders prosecuted, people just getting to where they want to go to, the Union Jack did not become ‘the butchers apron’.
A better police service than our politicians deserve.
Provos and provocateurs, pretending to oppose one another, but flattering instead.
Get this duff double act off the stage.
Or: No talking at the back of the class Sonny!
Good old Sammy. He will have us in short trousers next.
Watercannon have their uses.
Big capital needs stooges in government to police property rights to keep their rentals and interest payments coming, and to socialise bank losses, but British workers are surplus to requirements when others are cheaper or have better skills. So more taxes, repossessions of homes, no more jobs for life with high wages for the locals.
Neo-liberal economic cults have downsized government so that it can no longer bribe the populace into quiescence.
Lobbyists for business ensure that the last thing to happen will be rational policy interventions that create jobs health and opportunity, and which work to prevent extortion and destruction.
National governments cannot keep international capital in the one place for long enough to pay its dues. Workers are not paid enough to buy stuff.
The game is up. This could go anywhere.
Scapegoating can gather a fearful us against an other them.
Socialists and trendy revolutionistas cannot be trusted with an economy, so enter the guy next door who is just ‘not going to take it any more’ and needs someone to blame without blaming himself for not knowing what was going on.
And that was governments bribing us on the never never, and big capital lending to governments because they are licensed to beat the repayments out of us if times get tight.
Enter UKIP. Prejudice the short cut to wisdom.
But with first past the post they split the vote and Labour gets in, a middle aged hangover from student politics and Uniondom. Much worse things can happen. MLAs?.
“free and equal access to public and residential space”
Especially for paramilitary murder gangs who like to see flags kept up.
Get out of my face.
You are stealing your ministerial salaries.
You don’ t run the place, the armed thugs do.
Security expenditure is a subsidy for sectarian brinkmanship.
Competent security forces provide a virtual ‘Security Blanket’ that smothers the criminal aggression that results from unmediated and contradictory political claims.
How much does it all cost?
Integrated schools clearly cost minus money.
“A lot of Northern Irish funding rewards bad behaviour” (with few positive outcomes)
That includes policing expenditure, protecting communities from further violence resulting from sectarian aggression. i.e. Aggressors pay no price for stupid behaviour.
If we are going to spend the money anyway lets spend it on political parties, to create some chance that political competition will develop around good governance instead of the ‘intra sectarian outbidding’ where parties in the middle try to match the sectarian claims of the extremists. e.g. The UUP and TUV slagging off the Maze.
A political transparency exercise would be good too. How does each MLA stand on issues that are of interest across the communities? How do they vote? Which lobbyists are entertaining them?
This looks like a vanity project for anti-choice factions.
Can the states really afford more less-loved children who are less likely to become useful taxpayers?