DUP says prepare for change…

Interesting statement just issued by Gregory Campbell, in which he tells Sinn Fein and the SDLP to prepare for change. It’s primarily noteable as a nicely weighted inversion of an earlier nationalist narrative that Unionists were naturally averse to change?

  • maca

    I think this point is worth raising:

    “the cultural identity of the pro Union people being offered the same facilities as the Irish identity”

    Any pro-Union Irish feel like commenting?

  • peteb

    It’s noteworthiness seems entirely due to it being, unusually for the DUP, a slick bit of spin, Mick.

  • Davros

    Sam Cooke – A Change is Gonna Come .

    I was born by the river in a little tent
    And just like that river I’ve been running ever since
    It’s been a long time coming
    But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will

    It’s been too hard living, but I’m afraid to die
    Cos I don’t know what’s out there beyond the sky
    It’s been a long, a long time coming
    But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will


    And then I go to see my brother
    And I ask him to help me please
    And he just winds up knockin’ me
    Back down on my knees

    There were times when I thought I couldn’t last for long
    But now I think I’m able to carry on
    It’s been a long, been a long time coming
    But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will


    Seems appropriate !

    On this I think Gregory is right. The main nationalist parties have repeatedly said that Change is needed on both sides of the fence.
    Now is the time to see if they are sincere.

  • Butterknife

    I watched Paisley walking down the Stormont stairwell (20/9/4) with, and only with, his Paisleyite and his Reformed Free Presbyterian MLAs: i.e. His son, The Rev Willie (Let us all hope the singing policeman never gets the justice portfolio!), William Hay (Who condoned his leader

  • Butterknife
  • Belfast Gonzo

    Campbell said “changes are needed to reflect the Northern Ireland of 2004”, yet on the BBC last week (H&M or Let’s Talk… one of the two) he spoke about a new agreement in 2005.

  • George

    As a citizen of what Gregory calls “that Country” and having been born in what Gregory calls “the Capital of that Country”, I say bring on the change, the utter the better.

  • Davros

    Gonzo the two aren’t incompatible…. I would assume
    the thinking is that changes will need to be made before an agreement can be reached ?

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    “genuine equality in the employment field being offered to the Unionist community”

    Oh dear, if this is evidence of the new type of thinking presently doing the rounds in the DUP we’ll just have to wait a bit longer on reality coming to town.