Unionism dependent on republican violence…?!?!

TODAY’S ‘Morning View’ leader column (sadly not online) in the unionist News Letter is titled: ‘Republican terror wanes but more is needed’. Be careful what you wish for Darwin!

  • Bemu s ed

    Brilliant. Well spotted Gonzo. The News Letter really is the pits – it has become a sort of cross between a poorly-written version of the Dail Mail and a ‘no surrender’ version of Daily Ireland. Templeton was being touted as some form of modernising/sorting-out influence – looks like their sales figures will continue to free-fall under this eejit.

  • tiny

    could’nt agree more, a DUP mouthpiece with headlines straight from DUP soundbites, can’t see the paper surviving

  • P O’Neil

    I made a similar comment on another slugger thread the other day. In order for Paisley et al to maintain some form of control over the Unionist community they needed to use fear of the IRA/Republican Spectre just like Goldstein / Bin Laden. This fearmongering has served Paisley and his agenda for the last 40 years, and with peace there is no fear and therefore no control of the Unionist sheeple, ergo, Paisley doesnt really want peace.

  • tiny

    A thought, in the Republic people vote for politicians who actually make decisions, Sinn Fein get about 8-9% of the vote, in the north where traditionally who wins makes little real differience to either table or pocket Sinn Fein get over 50% of their communities suport, is there a lesson there for unionism and the DUP in particular?

  • Without the text, or even a hint of what is in the text, it is hard to tell if this is not just another ‘Gerry dyes his hair story’.

    tiny,

    Is it as much as 8-9%? As for NI, over fifty percent of voting nationalists is one way of putting it. But less than 20% of the whole population is how the DUP put it. Both are accurate, both are also attempts at spin.

  • Fraggle

    If less than 20% of the whole population vote for Sinn Fein, less than half of the whole population vote for parties that support the union.

  • Pete Baker

    I doubt that Gonzo is actually referring to the content.. looks more like a not very subtle [or perhaps too subtle? – Ed] pointing to a sloppy headline – which he seems to be presenting as ‘Republican terror wanes, but more [republican terror] is needed’

    Hence the reference to the new editor.

    Of course, there’s no comma in the original either..

    *wanders off*

  • Nationalist

    Sinn Fein received 24% of the actual vote and as the whole population can’t vote, i.e. those under 18 etc. then it would be fair to say that the DUP who recieved 30% of the actual vote would only have the support of around 20% of the Northern population.

    Statistics, damn statistics and lies, figures can be turned to look however you want them to look!

  • inuit_goddess

    The Newsletter goes from bad to worse.

    Just compare the total BS they’ve been writing recently with an article like the one Gerry Moriarty had in today’s Irish Times – a studied, serious, balanced overview of the current climate.

    With the newsletter we just get recycled DUP press release after recycled DUP press release.

    Even the Newsletter headlines have taken on that sort of hard-edged contemptuous 1950s tone of the DUP press office – like the tone of the schoolyard bully in stories in the old Eagle Annuals of the 1960s…

    Clearly they’ve decided to eschew balance completely and become a sort of DUP Pravda, where dreary statements from old dup politicians rule the roost.

    The pity is they dont seem to realise how completely ridiculous this makes them look outside of a very narrow spectrum of unionism.

    The deeper pity still is that there is room for a serious, middle of the road pro-Union newspaper here – alas the Newsletter is but a risible caricature of what such a News Paper might be.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    For those who require some context, the leader meant ‘Republican terror wanes but more (waning) is required’.

    But surely that was obvious!

  • BooBoo

    More than a hint of bitterness there, inuit.

    I don’t remember people like yourself complaining when the News Letter—under pro-Agreement Geoff Martin, and even more so when Ciaran McKeown was political editor—was ignoring everything the DUP said and devoting whole pages to Trimble, McGimpsey et al.

    That said, the NL does need to get its act together. It needs to invest in a stable of good writers and devote more space to serious analysis.

    BooBoo

  • Carson’s Cat

    A sloppy bit of editing – should have been spotted, and actually is quite amusing.

    However to hear innuit_goddess bemoaning the stance of the Newsletter. The thing to remember of course is that the sales of the Newsletter have been increasing since it started taking a stance which much more accurately reflects where the unionist community is. Its a far cry from the Geoff Martin days where it was even more pro-Belfast-Agreement than Reg Empey and we had Ciaran McKeown writing opinion pieces passed off as news.

    There are a lot of things which could be done to improve the Newsletter – however, in plain terms of balance in coverage of the two main unionist parties certainly the UUP has nothing to complain about. They probably actually get an over-represented if their coverage was compared to the % of the unionist electorate that they represent.

  • Chris Donnelly

    A thought, in the Republic people vote for politicians who actually make decisions, Sinn Fein get about 8-9% of the vote, in the north where traditionally who wins makes little real differience to either table or pocket Sinn Fein get over 50% of their communities suport, is there a lesson there for unionism and the DUP in particular?

    Tiny
    in the north where traditionally who wins makes little real difference to either table or pocket the DUP get over 50% of their communities’ support. Is there a lesson there for nationalism and Sinn Fein in particular?

    The DUP, according to your figures, represent less than a quarter of the people of the six counties.

    Goose for gander…

  • darth rumsfeld

    more bad news for the UUP today as Rome announces the abolition of limbo, rendering at a stroke Reg’s team only purgatory left to aim for….

  • Butterknife

    The Newsletter has been advertising for new staff as of late, therefore it may be assumed from this that they are in a state of flux. It probably explains why its web is awful at the minute etc. When compared with the Irish News I believe it reflects the low esteem of some sections of our community for I would choose to read the latter paper for mature content although I for to the BBC website for a more unbiased view.

  • Gonzo

    I haven’t seen the News Letter today, but despite the wee dig at the lead col, I thought the splash was pretty good, in terms of both content and presentation.

    Quick question to News Letter readers: Have you noticed that there has been no actual story on the front page for a few days? It’s been going for a higher impact visually, which I think can’t hurt it.