Paisley seeking to capture wider political consensus

Jude Collins believes that the DUP have engaged at shifting the political consensus towards the view of the Troubles as a conflict in which the IRA was the sole cause of bloodshed, than the view that “…the IRA emerged from decades of state discrimination and repression, not vice versa”. He further averts to one obvious Elephant (of many of that convenient and peculiarly Ulster species), that is widely ignored:

As for the PUP, it blames the IRA for IRA violence AND for UVF and UDA violence, since loyalist violence is a reaction and so not really as bad. That’s also why republican decommissioning matters and loyalist decommissioning doesn’t.

  • carlosblancos

    It was the civil rights movement that emerged from ‘decades of state discrimination and repression’.

    The IRA emerged from disatrous Westminster and British Army policy, more used to ‘dealing with the natives’ than solving any problems.

    I wish we had more insighful columnists in N.Ireland.

  • stephen nicholl

    As opposed to the ira view that they didn’t do anything wrong and Brit collusion was to blame for everything

  • willowfield

    Apparently “collusion” was the cause of PIRA violence that preceded it!

  • willowfield

    Oh yes, and don’t forget Bloody Sunday – that was also the cause of violence that preceded it!

  • maca

    “DUP have engaged at shifting the political consensus towards the view of the Troubles as a conflict in which the IRA was the sole cause of bloodshed”

    I don’t think they have shifted anything, I think it’s always been like that. As long as i’ve been *aware* of the existence of NI it’s been this way.

  • maca

    Willow
    “Oh yes, and don’t forget Bloody Sunday – that was also the cause of violence that preceded it”

    So you seem to be saying bad nothing happened to the nationalist community before Bloody Sunday??
    Erm … right !

  • willowfield

    ???

    I’m saying that pro-violence nationalists who use Bloody Sunday and collusion as justification for terrorism are not making any sense.

  • maca

    It’s not a very good arguement then. If they are using those to justify terrorism then obviously they mean what has happened since those events, not before.

  • willowfield

    No, it’s not a very good argument: that was my point.

  • maca

    I was saying you’re argument wasn’t very good then 😉

  • willowfield

    It’s not my argument.

  • maca

    Should have been “your”, had already hit return…