Blogging the conspiracy!

This appeared in the print version of today’s Guardian, though we can’t find it on line. Three of our NI blogging colleagues have made it to the Guardian: A ‘gloriously deranged’ Tangled Web; Chris and the Balrog crew; and Paul out in Hungary. Congrats all!So, so many conspiracy theories. “If [Denis] Donaldson, ‘Scap’ [Freddie…

By Ben Rooney, in the The Guardian, on Monday 19 December 2005

>So, so many conspiracy theories. “If [Denis] Donaldson, ‘Scap’ [Freddie Scappaticci] and others (and there will be others) managed to operate incognito in the highest echelons of the republican movement for many, many years, how come the British state never managed to crush the IRA in a relatively bloodless fashion? After all, if Sinn Fein/IRA were infiltrated with spies, surely the terrorists could and would have been put out of business in a relatively short time?”

atangledweb.typepad.com

>”I would love to know how a man can do that. Go into work every day and look your comrades in the eyes knowing that you are fing them and the struggle over each and every day.”

gaskinbalrog.blogspot.com

>”With regard to the British secret services, laying aside the ridiculous belief that there is some sort of a throwback to the Curragh Mutiny taking place, what exactly would they get out of tormenting Gerry & Co? With Iraq and Afghanistan and more than a few home-grown terrorists keeping them occupied on the mainland, is it really feasible they’d continue to play games with an enemy that was effectively defeated over 10 years ago?”

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  • “that you are fing them”

    I think I used slightly stronger language than that 😉

    Thanks for the heads up Mick

  • Thanks for that Mick.

  • BogExile

    ‘look your comrades in the eyes knowing that you are fing them and the struggle over each and every day’

    Well, looks like the ideological integrity of the republican ‘armed struggle’ is about as durable as a burnt plastic ruler.

    If Mitchell Mclaughlin were ever to be implicated in the search for the rest of the Moles, could we call it ‘Fridgeknife?’

  • “Well, looks like the ideological integrity of the republican ‘armed struggle’ is about as durable as a burnt plastic ruler.”

    How do you work that out?

  • Slugger O’Toole Admin

    Page 2 no less!!

  • BogExile

    How do you work that out?

    In terms of the emerging infiltration of what was up until now waved in our faces as a pure movement motivated only by the glorious desire for irish freedom as opposed to, say, a few shopping bages full of fivers and a new identity in Albania.

  • “In terms of the emerging infiltration of what was up until now waved in our faces as a pure movement motivated only by the glorious desire for irish freedom as opposed to, say, a few shopping bages full of fivers and a new identity in Albania.”

    That’s crap!

    The actions of a few do not show the motivation of the many.

  • Michael Shilliday

    And boy do you dislike those who oppose the collective Chris!

  • BogExile

    Chris,

    But you are normally so eloquent? Surely you aren’t rattles by this local difficulty. However, to bring things to a more lyrical conclusion:

    AN IRISH PARTY FORSEES ITS DEATH

    I know that I shall meet my fate
    Amid the ruins of Stormontgate
    Those that I fight I do not hate
    That which I guard I do not love
    My voters are extremely cross
    My fallen dead are at a loss
    My likely end would bring relief
    To infiltration past belief
    The years to come seemed waste of breath
    A waste of breath the years behind
    In balance with this life, this death.

    With apologies to that dreamer WB Yeats

  • congratulations to the norn iron blogs

  • barnshee

    This gets more bizarre by the day

    The alleged head of its “internal houskeeping”
    (ahem murder squad) is an alleged british agent/ informer?

    A cellmate of the glorious leader and a 20 year + man is a Spy for the Brits?

    A SF MP is a Brit Plant?

    The Brits are directly represented in IRA leadership?

    Whom exactly has been fighting whom?

    John LeCarre eat your heart out. -there has just got to be great movie in there -Mel Gibson–for the lead

  • “A SF MP is a Brit Plant?”

    WHAT????

    We have 5 MP’s

    Gerry Adams
    Martin McGuinness
    Pat Doherty
    Conor Murphy
    Michelle Gildernew

    Which one of those 5 are you accusing of being a “Brit plant”

    Time to put up or shut up!

  • More like a gloriously deluded Graniard! Thx for that Mick – wonder what it said? Congrats to The Balrog guys and Paul.

  • Oops just saw it – boy do I hate the Guardian – can I sue for breach of copyright?

  • I doubt it, since they gave you full credit! Plagiarism is more a Daily Mail thing:

    http://5thnovember.blogspot.com/2005/11/press-plagiarist-of-year-award-trophy.html

  • talon Wise

    So what are you guys afraid of, living. In the scheme of things is this not just a minute fragment in Irish History. The ball is your court lying were Donaldson left it when he ran away. Gerry sould have returned him like all English s**** (as he did the listening device) to Tony Blair.

  • Onlooker

    Make that four blogs. Seen the Guardian letters page? The comment re any chance of someone in SF being outed as a republican appears in the letters page….

  • Betty Boo

    Talon,

    Put him up for sale on ebay?