On the need for political consistency…

Tom Kelly argues that Unionist politicians cannot expect to criticise Sinn Fein for hypocrisy on the occasions it suits them, and not speak directly about Loyalist disregard for law and order when it occurs.

The loyalist violence on the streets has played right into the hands of the Provisional movement who at this time should be the real focus of all political and media attention. Only this current crop of unionists could snatch defeat from the jaws of victory over the IRA. The sad but true facts seem to suggest that pure and unadulterated sectarianism is at the base of the rationale that is clouding common sense and sound judgement within unionism.

  • Overhere

    It does begger belief that the Loyalist/Unionist politicians refuse to sit with Sinn Feinn because of their links with the IRA while happily chatting away on “parade forums” with known Loyalist/Unionist paramilitaries

  • El Matador @ El Blogador

    Tom always provides good insight into the political situation here. He’s right on both counts about unionists seizing defeat from the jaws of victory over the provisionals, and the unionists’ joke policy that they are happy to sit down with the UDA and UVF as unelected paramilitaries, but won’t deal with Spin Féin, elected politicians with a mandate.

    It reeks of double standards when they criticise SF (no friends of mine, but at least I recognise the mandate afforded to them by some of the electorate), yet play steet games with paramilitaries from the loyalist side, and refuse to condemn their deplorable orchestration of the riots.

    Perhaps the unionists and OO could be doing with a bit of PR advice from Mr. Kelly 😉

  • middle-class taig

    “Tom always provides good insight into the political situation here.”

    Now look what you’ve done matador, you’ve made me spray a mouthful of sugary tae over my keyboard. I’m not joking, I have seriously doused my keyboad. Ye buck eejit.

    Good comment tho’

  • Denny Boy

    “The sad but true facts seem to suggest that pure and unadulterated sectarianism is at the base of the rationale that is clouding common sense and sound judgement within unionism.”

    It was ever thus, and 35 years of atrocities have taught unionism very little it seems.

    What do they want, another 35 years of the same? Are their own lives, the lives of their children and grandchildren not worth a damn sight more than idiot “principles” and bigotry?

    From where I’m sitting the answer is: Evidently not. But I live in hope that commonsense will prevail in the end.

  • pol

    Unionist leaders need to shake off the shackles of victimhood and lead there people from the front.
    The DUP for years have been sputting off about the Catholics getting all the concessions and how the protestants have been deliberately disadvantaged.
    Show me the proof, (not Shaun Kelly) and ill show you west of the bann.
    Winning elections on the premise that nothing must change and if they try ‘say no’ wont cut it anymore.
    If you want to change the lives of ‘all’ the people then get rid of the direct rule ministers. How do you do that, you get the exective up and running. Its called taking responsibility.
    Leading from the front.

  • pol

    Unionist leaders need to shake off the shackles of victimhood and lead there people from the front.
    The DUP for years have been sputting off about the Catholics getting all the concessions and how the protestants have been deliberately disadvantaged.
    Show me the proof, (not Shaun Kelly) and ill show you west of the bann.
    Winning elections on the premise that nothing must change and if they try ‘say no’ wont cut it anymore.
    If you want to change the lives of ‘all’ the people then get rid of the direct rule ministers. How do you do that, you get the exective up and running. Its called taking responsibility.
    Leading from the front.

  • aquifer

    At least Unionists cannot now huff on a high horse for 5 years.