McAliskey on the changes and the past

The Blanket reprints the text of Bernadette McAliskey’s speech last month, which touches on the changes in the Republican movement, and Sinn Fein in particular, from the point of view of anti-agreement Republican. She sums up the reasons for the process:

“Those things only came to an end when the British government had another agenda. Not because anybody changed their mind, not because the fundamental conditions of this country had changed, not because the needs or principles of the struggle had changed or because the people involved in the struggle had changed. We have been embarked from the 1980s until now in separating out those who could be bought, those who could be fooled and those who could be intimidated for the rest.”