Sinn Féin wields mandate as lethal as M-16

Tom Kelly argues that under Sinn Fein leadership, Northern Irish nationalism is rapidly falling into aping the bigoted political outlook of Loyalist paramilitaries. “The Provisional movement has successfully mirrored loyalism not only in fanning the flames of sectarianism but also now in commissioning acts of criminality”.

He further asks why the sudden outcry against the McCartney killing when so many others have flown under the international radar?

Since the ceasefires, by donning a veil of democracy Sinn Féin distracted the democratic world from the reality of Provisional criminality and the smell of sulphur. These days some of those who feted the Sinn Féin leadership and wet nursed them into the mainstream political process are having restless nights; though some through personal vanity still don’t see the magnitude of their actions.

The only consolation of being duped by the Provisional movement into believing they were buying into democracy is that they also duped many of their own followers – even if that reality has not dawned on some of them yet. For the majority of the nationalist community there never was any romantic notion about murder and the representatives of mainstream nationalism were unambiguous in condemning any notion that murder could be somehow justified.

  • Davros

    Hard to disagree with what he writes.

  • Concerned Loyalist

    How is the discarding of sectarian targeting in the late 80’s by the UDA/UFF, to instead concentrate on “legitimate political targets”, i.e. Sinn Fein/IRA members and supporters, a “bigoted political outlook”?

    Pray tell

  • J Kelly

    Its very easy to disagree when you realise that these are the rantings of a former stoop, or is he still a party member, who is cut from the same cloth that has destroyed the SDLP. The so called intellectual whiz kids who believed that if the SDLP swayed a little towards unionism they would give more. Tom Kelly was one of those inside the SDLP who continually criticised John Hume for his work on the peace process. This piece doesn’t take into account that the republican community are an articulate and confident people who will not be told who to vote for by know all whose perspective is blinded by their hatred of republicans.

    How else could any one view the SDLP other than lame ducks. The Labour Party’s assesment of the SDLP prior to the election in 1997 was they will accept anything and has this not proved to be correct e.g Policing.

  • Mick Fealty

    JK:

    “these are the rantings of a former stoop”

    And that’s the ball? Please, please have the confidence to prosecute your own argument. In the long run it’s much more powerful (and persuasive) than taking cheap shots at the man!

  • beano

    So the basis for your argument that he is wrong is that he is/was in the SDLP? What’s wrong, doesn’t he wave his tricolour high enough?

    “the republican community are an articulate and confident people who will not be told who to vote for by know all whose perspective is blinded by their hatred of republicans.”

    You are correct, unfortunately many of them seem happy to be told who to vote for by know alls whose perspective is blinded by their hatred of “the Brits”.

  • J Kelly

    Mick and Beano if both had not taken this comment out of context maybe you would have seen that the point I was making is Tom Kelly and a small band of others were behind the SDLP changing direction and ultimately losing a lot of support. This article IMO is Tom Kelly saying it wasn’t my fault it was every body else and its all your fault that you vote for Sinn Fein.

  • beano

    I’m afraid I’m not familiar with Tom Kelly’s history – could you point me in the direction of something that would explain the point you’re trying to make? He made them too moderate?

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    J Kelly,

    Tom is simply frustrated that the electorate in the nationalist community aren’t impressed by the great and the good of the SDLP deigning to represent them.
    Tom belongs to an era where the job of a politician was to come round a few weeks before election day to show the voters he/she was still alive anb by default make the voters aware that they themselves had been spared since the last election.
    The SDLP need to realise that their future is in their own hands. They should try living in the areas they seek to represent. A good start would be to provide a constituency service worthy of the name. Why not recruit people genuinely committed to their message.

    Bilious attacks on SF will make Tom popular among those who already hate SF. Will they garner votes in Ardoyne, Ballymurphy and the like?
    The SF electoral and constituency machine is not a myth. It exists and the problem for the SDLP is that it exists 24/7.
    Face the facts Tom.

  • Bob Wilson

    Methinks there is an element of self justification in Tom’s comments, however it is debateable whether the demise of SDLP is the ‘whizz kids’ fault or Hume’s.
    Whichever it is I think they impaled between pushing for a UI – and alienating not just moderate unionists – whose votes they might need and alot of small ‘n’ nationalists.
    Like the UUP I think they would be best to abandon sectarian politics and tell their member/supporters to back Labour or FF

  • Dualta

    I would love if anyone, J Kelly especially, could point to anything that the SDLP has done which could be described as ‘stooping down low’.
    The phrase, which is moreoften used by Republican supporters of political violence, deftly demonstrates the self righteousness that blinds them to their own ethical malaise.

  • Alan2

    “they will accept anything and has this not proved to be correct e.g Policing.”

    Once again I call on Republicans to explain what changes they want to the police in order to make it acceptable to them.

  • J Kelly

    Republicans have been very clear on what is required to make policing acceptable but that is not the issue here. After the Weston Park Talks the SDLP told us that they had secured guarantees from Tony Blair that if Judge Cory recommended a public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane he would grant one and the SDLP than stated that was enough for them to join the policing board. It was only last week that Judge Cory blasted the British Governments handling of the process so far and the new proposed legislation. This is a very clear example of how the Labour Party had a very clear read on the SDLP and when they needed to they duped them very easily.

  • spirit-level

    Once again I call on Republicans to explain what changes they want to the police in order to make it acceptable to them.
    can J kelly or the Pat Mclarnons of this world answer this question pls

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    spirit-level,

    I have statd quite a few times that the SDLP and SF have settled far too cheaply on Patten.

    For myself I can state that a starting point would be the re-investigation of all killings involving the RUC since 1969 by the police Ombudsman.
    There are instances, for example, the murder of Nora Mc Cabe, where the police quite obviously perjured themselves.
    If on re-investigation those police officers are found to be in the PSNI, then they should get the boot.
    I am not looking for people to be charged, it is the case that human rights abusers have no place in the current police service.

  • spirit-level

    Pat
    I’m not disputing your points
    the sins of the past are slow to disappear;
    but do you not see how that plays into the hands of people who want to cover up the sins of today?

  • Dualta

    I cannot understand how Provisional and dissident Republicans can consider punishment beatings, shootings and murders more advantageous to our community than working with a police force, however flawed it might be. As if they have treated the Nationalist community any better than the Brits have.

  • spirit-level

    Yes Dualta
    Its the vicious cycle of resentment/victimhood that is so paralysing to that group.
    The more they are critized the more they get resentful, the more they feel victims
    ad infinitum ad nauseum.
    They just can’t take any form of criticism at all.

  • factfinder

    The SDLPs problems were bound to be increased once John Hume retired. He was the only person in the SDLP that was trusted by working class nationalists. The others are seen by most of the electorate as middle-class professionals out of touch with the problems of working class people. Their name probably means Schoolheadteachers Doctors & Lawyers Party.

  • TK1

    Good to see debate alive and well. For the sake of accuracy -some background – I am and have been a member of the SDLP for 23 years. I am not the whizz kid – I used to be – Yes I criticised – the manner Hume entered -the Hume/Adams dialogue – but not that dialogue should nt take place. Please note that I was not such a critic as some think – as I was the Communications Director in his last European Campaign in 2000 when he came close to topping Paisley! I also argued for a succession plan for the SDLP as far back as 1995 – as without it -it would be difficult to pass any idealogical baton to another generation. I do live in the areas where the SDLP seek votes having lived in Newry for 40yrs! Given I am berated for usually being to green – it is a welcome change to be viewed as giving way to unionists!! Bloggers are as myopic as the rest of the world. Blog on, regardless

  • TK1

    Good to see debate alive and well. For the sake of accuracy -some background – I am and have been a member of the SDLP for 23 years. I am not the whizz kid – I used to be – Yes I criticised – the manner Hume entered -the Hume/Adams dialogue – but not that dialogue should nt take place. Please note that I was not such a critic as some think – as I was the Communications Director in his last European Campaign in 2000 when he came close to topping Paisley! I also argued for a succession plan for the SDLP as far back as 1995 – as without it -it would be difficult to pass any idealogical baton to another generation. I do live in the areas where the SDLP seek votes having lived in Newry for 40yrs! Given I am berated for usually being to green – it is a welcome change to be viewed as giving way to unionists!! Bloggers are as myopic as the rest of the world. Blog on, regardless

  • factfinder

    To me the SDLP are no different than the Alliance party. They seem to spend more time criticising republicans than putting forward ideas of their own. Apart from powersharing at local goverment which softened hostility by unionists to nationalists I can find no other reason to vote for them. They seem to go for the unionist transfer vote rather than first preference votes of nationalists.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    J Kelly said:

    After the Weston Park Talks the SDLP told us that they had secured guarantees from Tony Blair that if Judge Cory recommended a public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane he would grant one and the SDLP than stated that was enough for them to join the policing board.

    Hmmmm…

    While SF didn’t join the Policing Board, they also changed their tune on the Finucane inquiry after Weston Park, IIRC.

    It wasn’t just the SDLP that signed off on the inquiry; SF dropped the ball too.

  • Mick Fealty

    Bloggers are as myopic as the rest of the world. Blog on, regardless

    Nice one Tom. Thanks for the correctives!

  • Roger W. Christ XVII

    factfinder, the Alliance Party has loads of ideas. Most of them aren’t connected with the union or it’s absence thereof, so they probably aren’t interesting to people who put that above everything else.

    “They seem to go for the unionist transfer vote rather than first preference votes of nationalists.”

    Prods voting for taigs ? We can’t possibly have that, can we.

  • factfinder

    What is the Alliance party ideas. I haven’t heard them complaining about any social issues.