Sinn Fein dominates early part of the race

Chris Thornton asks in Time magazine, has Sinn Fein’s day finally come? Certainly, whatever the qualitative value of Adams’ so far unanswered call on the IRA to follow a politics only path, they’ve grabbed most of the early attention in the race to (or is it from?) Westminster.

  • Davros

    Interesting iconography in the Mural that accompanies the BBC report. The IRA gunman has his weapon ready for use. Most of the Loyalist murals I have seen don’t have the weapons ready for use.

  • fair_deal

    Davros

    There are many Loyalist murals depicting guns ready for use.

  • spirit-level

    Maybe soon these murals will be replaced with smiling beardless men in suits saying “Vote for us”, a kind of new touchy-feely approach!

  • Davros

    I think it depends where you go fair-deal. The ones I have seen have been of the “Colour party” type – gunman standing to attention and gun down. That’s less threatening than the gun up ones that were the norm before the GFA etc.

  • beano @ Everything Ulster

    The most prominent loyalist mural in my mind is the one at Tigers Bay (Prepared for Peace, Ready for War) with the 2 terrorists who, if memory serves, are both in an “active” pose.

  • IJP

    Tell you what, Davros, come off the M2 at Fortwilliam and head round the Outer Ring. Plenty of guns up and ready for use there – and they’re nearly all Loyalist.

  • Davros

    Not a part of the world I know Ian – any idea which organisations these represent ?

  • beano @ Everything Ulster

    I think IJP’s talking the same sort of area as me – which is mostly UVF territory I think.

  • beano @ Everything Ulster

    I don’t know if this is the same wall but it’s the same imagery:
    “prepared for peace, ready for war” mural

  • Davros

    Thanks Ian and Beano.

  • fair_deal

    Davros

    One of the murals in Donegall Pass has gunmen jumping out a van to attack a pub in the background. If I remember correctly this was painted 4 years after the ceasefire was called.

    Beano

    The mural you refer to is in Mount Vernon – the local nickname for it is the Turtles (as in tennage mutant ninja turtles – balck belfast humour at its best). The original mural was demolished but it was replaced in a site further up the hill. It is a UVF mural.

  • beano @ Everything Ulster

    My apologies, got Mount Vernon mixed up with Tiger’s Bay. Truth be told I’m not sure I know where Tiger’s Bay is! Thanks for clearing that up though.