UUP surprise attack on Sinn Fein…

THE UUP has been accused by Sinn Fein of trying to criminalise republicans in its latest leaflet. It pictures Gerry Adams with half his face covered with a balaclava and accuses Sinn Fein of having consistently lied about IRA criminality. Makes a change from attacking the DUP, I suppose.

Barry McCaffrey reported in the Irish News yesterday:

A bitter war of words erupted last night with Sinn Fein accusing the Ulster Unionists of attempting to criminalise its voters.

The row came after a UUP leaflet was delivered to thousands of homes accusing republicans of being responsible for a series of recent high profile robberies and murders.

In what is being seen as an early indication of what could be a bitter election campaign, the leaflet’s front cover carries a montage of Northern Bank notes, a pistol and a knife.

The inclusion of a knife is believed to relate to the murder of east Belfast man Robert McCartney, which the chief constable has said was carried out by republicans but not sanctioned by the IRA.

The centre page of the leaflet carries a mock picture of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, left, with half of his face covered by a balaclava.

The UUP leaflet says: “Until the IRA disbands, disarms and desists from all illegal activities, there can be no power-sharing executive with Sinn Fein, nor can an unreformed Sinn Fein be allowed to be involved in any aspect of policing.”

The leaflet accuses republicans of having lied over the murders of Garda Jerry McCabe and west Belfast mother Jean McConville.

“The republican movement is probably the largest organised crime network in the British Isles,” it says.

“Governments and all investigative agencies must now pursue justice with zero tolerance for criminals.

“Its time to crack down on the gangsters. Join the Ulster Unionists.”

A Sinn Fein spokesman last night accused the Ulster Unionists of attempting to criminalise Sinn Fein and its voters.

“This is just an extension of a policy being carried out by the Irish government and others to try and criminalise Sinn Fein,” he said.

“It is not surprising that the UUP has jumped on the bandwagon in their electoral battle with the DUP.

“The attempt to criminalise republicans is nothing new.”

  • Davros

    how terribly precious of Sinn Féin… after all they talk of “unionist death squads”. What hypocrites they are.

  • wam903

    Why is it that people in Ireland seem to be blaming parties for the POSSIBLE acts of individuals. If we did that in America the Republican and Democratic Parties would constantly being criminalized using this method. Why not simply wait until someone is found GUILTY before the individual is criminalized? Do parties really control peoples lives in Ireland?

  • Davros

    “If we did that in America”

    You have consistently done so as I recall, especially in respect of events abroad.

  • James

    “You have consistently done so as I recall, especially in respect of events abroad.”

    15 yards for misapplied whataboutry.

    Law, veracity and ethics have never been part of our foreign policies.

    In America we have over a 500,000 lawyers who would sue. The other 500,000 would file briefs on behalf of the defense. We both know that.

  • Davros

    And at home James ? Remember the response to Oklahoma City Bombing ?

  • James

    “Remember the response to Oklahoma City Bombing ?”

    Yes.

    We blamed the arabs for all of one day.

    Then we got the white guy who set it off less than two days later.

    Then we killed him.

    How you folks doin?

  • jimmyquickswipe

    mmmmmmm. ‘Tough on Crime, Tough on the Proceeds of Crime.’ Sounds vaguely familiar to ‘Tough on Crime, Tough on the Causes of Crime’ by New Labour. Is this ‘New UUP’?

    But really, not nearly as pathetic as the ‘Save our Schools’ one. Have you ever? It was the UUP who gave McGuinness the Ministerial power to wreck the 11+, now their campaigning against what they sanctioned, and throwing muck at the DUP on top for good measure. It makes me sick, and I thought the Shinners came up with some dirty tricks.

  • IJP

    What exactly do the UUs plan to do about ‘tacking SF’?

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Given the events of this evening, might the UUP not claim to have been justified to a degree?

  • wam903

    Davos-
    I am confused, what has america consistently done? Neither the Democratic PARTY nor the Republican PARTY has been “punished” for what one of its members did, and God only knows what Oklahoma City has to do with this issue.

  • James

    “I am confused, what has america consistently done? Neither the Democratic PARTY nor the Republican PARTY has been “punished” for what one of its members did, and God only knows what Oklahoma City has to do with this issue.”

    Neither we nor the Brits have consistently done anything & perhaps that’s part of the problem. But that’s another issue, another endless, fruitless debate.

    You just wandered onto a whataboutry free-fire zone on Planet BlameGame and should get the satellites synced on your GPS first.

    The gargoyle just reminded you that perhaps we have played it fast & loose as well. It was a debating point so don’t sweat it, it’s part of his never ending battle with Dr. NO and Baby Doc.

    Party on Pilgrim.

  • IJP

    Do parties really control peoples lives in Ireland?

    In Northern Ireland yes, quite often they do.

  • Rebecca Black

    Do they IJP?

    have any examples?

  • Rebecca Black

    Do they IJP?

    have any examples?