Sinn Fein’s stock arguments for engaging Unionists?

Calton Radio has some interesting material, which they claim originates with the Sinn Fein Unionist outreach department. It’s an interesting (and characteristically robust) espousal of the case for re-unification. Some the figures are fascinating, though it’s not clear how the party’s own strangely protean economic policy itself addresses the statement that “we are spending 20% more than we create”. Look out for “the islands” too: an apparently freshly minted ‘unionist friendly’ term that appears to have just come into use since the deal was declared live.

Confirmation: Its a Basket Case – the 6 Counties Economy

1. 26 Counties – the IDA created 100 thousand jobs last year 2006. In the 6C – Only 95 thousand jobs created in the 10 year period called the Golden Years – never created more than that over a ten year period
2. In the 6C – 100 companies employ 26 thousand people – compared to 1000 companies employing 130 thousand people in the 26C
3. R&D investment – lowest in the 6C compared to England, Scotland, Wales or 26C
4. 6C as the lowest number of women entering business
5. Manufacturing business – decimated;
6. 9% of those employed are in defence and those jobs are under threat
7. The 6C economy is primarily service sector dominated – low wage, part time work.
8. Gross Disposal Income – GDI – second lowest across the Islands at 14%
9. Very low skilled levels in the 6C – 28% of population have no qualifications;
10. The result is that you have sectors that do not produce wealth – the economy is therefore a basket case – coupled with 30 years of infrastructure neglect.
11. Barnett formula – the allocation of money we get from the BG – is designed to bring 6C, Scotland and Wales together to level of per capital as in England – which is much lower.
12. Pump priming the economy – we are spending 20% more than we create.
13. North has the worst motor ways in Europe – lacks 4th in the worst world league tables.
14. Economic inactivity – the percentage of those at working age who are economically in-active – 28% not working or looking for work.
15. 11% of those at working age are on incapacity benefit
16. Net result of all of that is the depression – we need 140 thousand new jobs just to stand still.
17. No way forward for the North on its own – Even British Minister Hain says it’s unsustainable.

,

  • kensei

    If other parties don’t have a playbook, then they are well behind the game; fairly standard in America from what I gather. One of the first thing sales people are taught is that you must have an answer to objections, anyway.

    Is there anything terribly shocking in there, really? Most of that sort of stuff crops up here.


    Other information is in the possession of Calton Media. However, it seems that Sinn Fein/IRA are still determined to bully and browbeat the PUL community into submission, this time however with words instead of bombs.

    Although we do recognize that if the so called Unionist Engagement Department decides to use bombs instead of words that the right person is running it. ”

    Good God, you’d almost think they’d prefer bombs.

  • I’m admittedly an outsider, but the reaction from “Calton Media” seems almost comically overblown. “Twisted propoganda”? Good lord, it’s a bunch of fairly dry economic data. It may or may not be true, or have the implications that SF says it does, but Carlton Media is acting like it’s Mein Kampf.

  • parcifal

    calton are not confident of a good rebuttal, so are being defensive; its to be expected.

  • michael

    Despite being a nationalist. I’m not convinced that the figures mentioned above, whether they’re true or not, automatically necessitate reunification. It is of course the best long-term solution in my view. However, I doubt that a significant number of unionists will change their opinions in relation to the constitutional position of NI any time soon. As such, due to the fact that SF are now in ‘government’, they have a responsibility to find other solutions to the problems. Solutions that can be implemented now!

  • Mick Fealty

    And the ball is where exactly Parci?

  • parcifal

    michael,
    I’ve no doubt there’s a die-hard few that would rather be poor … but proud to be British … than wealthy and Irish.

  • parcifal

    the ball is my response to:
    However, it seems that Sinn Fein/IRA are still determined to bully and browbeat the PUL community into submission, this time however with words instead of bombs.
    that’s defensive language, and not playing the ball but the man !

  • SuperSoupy

    So the previous Assembly was collapsed over dubious allegations of spying but Slugger will print supposedly internal SF documents, I have no idea if they are or not, from an ultra-loyalist source without comment just days into the new administration.

    No surprise there then.

  • John East Belfast

    That [abusive language removed – moderator] they think they could ever lecture the NI business community on the state of the economy here.

    They will be treated with contempt by all but the most gullible.

  • SuperSoupy

    Maybe I didn’t make that clear enough. Either it’s not true or Unionism is engaged in intelligence gathering at Stormont.

    Which is it?

  • parcifal

    Don’t hold back JEB will ya; not as if those MBWTB got elected and entered gov’t, or anyfing loike dat is it, dont you don’t you know, fer fucks sake.

  • Cahal

    JEB
    “That those murdering, bombing, wrecking,thieving bastards think they could ever lecture the NI business community on the state of the economy here.”

    Touched a raw nerve there me thinks! Great.

    The NI business community? You mean civil service employees? Or farmers surviving on subsidies? Or property speculators (i.e. state employees who own multiple houses)? Thats about it really.

    Twas the Ra wot done it, I hear you cry.

    Anyway, all of the points in the article seem close enough to reality. What’s the problem here. Are we not allowed to point out the merits of a UI?

  • parcifal

    Supersoupy
    that’s beyong the scope of sluggers surely, but worth asking I suppose. SF website is all about the election in ROI, so I can’t find anything pertaining.

  • All this and the real scandal goes unnoticed. If what some papers and web sites are saying is true a senior medical person here has been reported to the police for Child Destruction (illegal abortion). When has this ever happened here before? What have the politicians to say about this? Could the silence be because of the Guidelines being “rustled in” by the Department of Health to allow abortion while we are all looking the other way?

  • jaffa

    I don’t believe government employment stats except perhaps for their own payroll. I’ve never worked for a firm that took national statistics returns remotely seriously. PAYE distribution might be a more useful number.

  • jaffa

    “North has the worst motor ways in Europe – lacks 4th in the worst world league tables.”

    What are we using as the basis for comparison? If it’s length of time to travel a given distance NI beats plenty of regions I can think of. Any highways engineers out there?

  • SuperSoupy

    parc,

    If any Republican leaning website published claimed internal Unionist documents there would be a crisis.

    Unionism claims to be engaged in spying and it isn’t questioned.

    I question it. It’s a lie or Unionism has been operating a spying and dirty tricks operation in the first week of the Assembly.

    Liars or spies?

  • parcifal

    eoden, the way to handle that story is to email Mick, trolling it into a thread like this actually demeans the point, sorta rude really !

  • parcifal

    super
    3rd option .. leaked.. left on a coffee table.
    actually are you really that worried?
    “Unionists discover Republicans have well thought out, advanced plans for UI”
    shocker! ( NOT) 😉

  • Mick Fealty

    SuperSoupy,

    It’s a link to what looks like (but, of course, may not be) inside information. What else should be done? Italicise the they claim? Surely you are over reacting?

    Jeff Jarvis in today’s Guardian suggests one important way blogging is changing the way the media can actually works:

    “…consider the idea that a story never ends and never begins. When a reporter has an idea for a story that should be reported, the discussion can begin online: what do we know, what do we want to know, what and whom do we ask? Then, as interviews and reporting get under way, in public, the public can add its knowledge and questions.”

  • Elvis Parker

    If the above mentioned document is true then I will go to bed sure that Republicanism is defeated. They lost the demograhic ‘war’ and they lost the terrorist war. Their attempts now rest on these economics.
    Firstly the ‘facts’ and statistics are pretty specious – moreover those who crow about the Republic’s recent success should read an article in today’s Irish times by the former chief economist to the Republic’s Central Bank. He says recession is fast approaching. This is not something I want but I think informed judgement of the Republic’s Celtic Tiger can only be made once all the european money has stopped and the new economy has weathered a recession.
    Secondly – and it is not a subject I am about to get into but the Union is not purely about economics – no more than the desire for a Irish nation was ever lead by money

  • Elvis Parker

    Forgot to say that I think that the North’s economy will undoubtedly improve in my opinion – becuase its biggest obstacle – its war torn politcally unstable image – will fade now that Gerry, Matin and Martina have been defeated.

  • John East Belfast

    Moderator

    “[abusive language removed – moderator]”

    What the late 20th Century Republican movement were not engaged in Bombing, thieving, murdering and wrecking as part of its strategy to destroy the NI economy ?

    If SF want to “reach out” to unionism they need to think of a better plan than to start giving it statistical lectures on the state of the economy when it spent 30 years tearing it to pieces.

    Surely my comments were fair comment under this thread ?

    Is it just people who do not know their father who I have offended ?

  • parcifal

    I did spot the “islands” reference; but if the synopsis was written by calton we can’t take it as being gospel that the language was used in the original, if indeed there is one.
    If it is by SF then its quite a cool, unionist-friendly term.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Other information is in the possession of Calton Media. However, it seems that Sinn Fein/IRA are still determined to bully and browbeat the PUL community into submission,

    These people are ridiculous. People want to produce leaflets containing their opinion and distribute them. What’s the problem ?

  • “17 – No way forward for the North on its own – Even British Minister Hain says it’s unsustainable.”

    Well now that Sinn Fein is in the corridor of power lets see what they can do with the economy, okay such fundamental British problems will still remain but surely they can create a reduction in what is offered up as statistics. But bear in mind that European money is on its way too, so ready steady go! Let’s see how OFMDFM do it.

    I don’t really see the argument in the above because it is okay stating subvention statistics but where is the response as to a better way ahead other than more private capital encouragement; in contrast, this wont really be done on Sinn Fein’s principal of helping local small traders with tax cut incentives in a global market place of multni-nationals/corporate companies who seek aggrandisement from Government in order to set-up in the first place.

    If I remember correctly the old NSDAP party had this included in its 25 points programme even though big business was bankrolling it and it was outdated socialist nonsense then and is certainly likely to fail in a globalised environment now.

  • kensei

    “If the above mentioned document is true then I will go to bed sure that Republicanism is defeated. They lost the demograhic ‘war’ and they lost the terrorist war. Their attempts now rest on these economics.”

    The demographic “war” is by no means over. Someone else here said it best when they said it was by no means guaranteed but it isn’t a Nationalist pipe dream either.

    “Firstly the ‘facts’ and statistics are pretty specious – moreover those who crow about the Republic’s recent success should read an article in today’s Irish times by the former chief economist to the Republic’s Central Bank. He says recession is fast approaching. This is not something I want but I think informed judgement of the Republic’s Celtic Tiger can only be made once all the european money has stopped and the new economy has weathered a recession.”

    All economists equivocate, so these figures are essentially good as any other for making a case. Dismissing them off hand is somewhat weak in comparison to getting your own figures, really. At any rate, the inarguable economic fact is that the Republic is vastly ahead of us and the gap is still getting bigger.

    People have declaring doom for the Republic’s economy for many years: eventually they will get it right. the same can be said of the UK economy, and there seems absolutely no prospect of the North closing that gap regardless. It would take many years of growth differential, and the Republic simply has more weapons in its armory to deal with recession.

    “Secondly – and it is not a subject I am about to get into but the Union is not purely about economics – no more than the desire for a Irish nation was ever lead by money”

    No. But it was and is and important objection. Though, if you want to talk values, I think SF should be developing a playbook on that too. In terms of positions on social policy like abortion, the North is probably much closer to the South than it is to a secular UK. And what was the article linked here about Ireland having the last Protestant work ethic in Europe?

    Identity is of course a tricky issue and I respect you may never be convinced other. But it is a mistake to think everyone cares as much as you or I. It is about time someone at least attempted to make some rational arguments to the other side. It’ll probably take many years even to persuade a few but a start needs to be made.

    Unless you assume people should just be in tribal blocks forever?

  • “Firstly the ‘facts’ and statistics are pretty specious – moreover those who crow about the Republic’s recent success should read an article in today’s Irish times by the former chief economist to the Republic’s Central Bank. He says recession is fast approaching.

    Yeah, house prices beginning to taper off big style – the Republic having bankrolled its infrastructure off the back of stamp duty and property related taxes is now finding this once useful instrument greatly blunted.

  • Elvis Parker

    ‘the inarguable economic fact is that the Republic is vastly ahead of us and the gap is still getting bigger.’
    No argument there Kensei – the chief reason for this gap is almost certainly the pathetic miserable terrorist war waged by Gerry, Martin et al.
    I guess there is a certain rationale in asking them to try to rectify some of the damge they did

  • DC

    “…consider the idea that a story never ends and never begins. When a reporter has an idea for a story that should be reported, the discussion can begin online: what do we know, what do we want to know, what and whom do we ask? Then, as interviews and reporting get under way, in public, the public can add its knowledge and questions.”

    Oh dear not more sandwich filling between what is clearly cheap white bread taken out of a blue and white stripey bag, the kinda stuff you take out to feed the pigeons with.

    But it works well like a nice cheesey Daily Mirror story!

  • kensei

    “Yeah, house prices beginning to taper off big style – the Republic having bankrolled its infrastructure off the back of stamp duty and property related taxes is now finding this once useful instrument greatly blunted.”

    Thing is, if the Southern Housing market goes belly up then there will be a significant knock on effect here. The insane increases here are fueled, at least in part by Southern investment. It’s not impossible that it could coincide with UK interest rates hitting 6% and significant problems in the UK market to create a perfect storm.

  • Mick Fealty

    For reference, check out my post at the weekend on the good effects of economic bubbles.

    DC, here’s the link for that ‘cheap filler’.

  • páid

    Well the roads in the South are obviously much better – Why else would folk spend so much time idling on them, taking in the view?

    Gotto hand it to the Shinners though.

    They strategise, they plan, they move.

    And careerists are conspicuous by their absence; that industrial wage policy will pay off big time over the next ten years.

  • darth rumsfeld

    ” 9% of those employed are in defence and those jobs are under threat”
    hmmm. So we can expect SF MLAs to lobby to protect these jobs?

    “that industrial wage policy will pay off big time over the next ten years.”
    Yup we all believe that the declared accounts are the only monies in the Shinners..er..warchest. Just like we all believe they found the only printers who will do 5000 full colour posters for £9.99 at election time.

  • juan

    Surely Sinn Fein lecturing the Unionists on the current economic shortcomings of Northern Ireland, given the role of their military wing played in the events that underpin those shortcomings, will only remind the people of the hateful character of Sinn Fein propaganda and their duplicity in profiting from violence. When a man breaks your windows and and his little brother comes round the next day to try and flog triple glazing, it will be a lot more than a ‘hardcore’ few that will be prepared to tell him where to put his business.

    The fact that Sinn Fein imagine that the people could be motivated to abandon justice and their their principles for economic arguments (given the stock they put in the hunger strikers) is indicative of the wretched contempt they hold the Protestant community in. We abandoned justice for altogther higher motives, although I wonder, given Sinn feins Swagger about “unfinisjhed business” if this did not simply inspire more contempt…….

  • Les Djinns

    Calton. What a fantastic forum. It’s the only place where a topic on why the ROI is a fascist state can co-exist with a topic on the subtle differences between a nazi salute and the red had salute. Comic genius!!

  • Bigger Picture

    To be honest i don’t think unionists will care about these figures. If the unionist parties deliver for their people it will consolidate support and take votes back from the Alliance. Never mind losing votes to the SDLP or even SF!!

    As well as for the unionist parties they will be more concerned with working and delivering with the assembly up and running. A republic will soon become the radical idea!!

  • DK

    Here are the few that I can comment on:

    “1. 26 Counties – the IDA created 100 thousand jobs last year 2006. In the 6C – Only 95 thousand jobs created in the 10 year period called the Golden Years – never created more than that over a ten year period”

    Unemployment is very low in both NI and RoI. How did the IDA create jobs for 6% of the working population in 1 year? Was unemployment in RoI so bad in 2005?

    “2. In the 6C – 100 companies employ 26 thousand people – compared to 1000 companies employing 130 thousand people in the 26C”

    So a typical NI company is twice the size of a typical RoI company – 260 employees to 130 employees per company.

    Either someone is mixing sources to try and prove a point of this is a smear job by Carlton.

  • True British Loyalist

    For as long as one hundred of us remain alive, we shall never in any way consent to submit to the rule of the Irish. For it is not Glory we fight, but for freedom alone, which no man loses but with his life.
    Better to die on your feet than live on your knees in an Irish Republic. We will never forsake the blue skies of Ulster for the grey mist of an Irish Republic.

    The DUP and its Lundy leadership may have tried to sell the loyalist people of Ulster down the river to Dublin but we will remain British and PROUD.
    IRA/SF may try and extend a false hand of friendship to our people, but when you know that there is a knife in the other hand ready to be buried in your back, only a fool would take that hand of friendship.
    Quis Separabit.

  • manichaeism

    “Unemployment is very low in both NI and RoI. How did the IDA create jobs for 6% of the working population in 1 year? Was unemployment in RoI so bad in 2005?”

    Have you heard of immigrants DK?

  • kensei

    ““2. In the 6C – 100 companies employ 26 thousand people – compared to 1000 companies employing 130 thousand people in the 26C”

    So a typical NI company is twice the size of a typical RoI company – 260 employees to 130 employees per company. ”

    Er, how many times does the NI population go into the ROI population again? I’d hate to think you weren’t making a valid comparison even by the most basicist of basic measures.

  • Bigger Picture

    so what would True British Loyalist’s vision for the way forward be??

    This should be interesting….

  • True British Loyalist

    My vision of the way forward would not envolve sitting in government with IRA/SF. If Bertie Aherne wouldn’t share power with IRA/SF why should we be subject to child killers and apologists of child killers in government? The way ahead for Ulster is simple. A one man one vote election system that does not envolve IRA/SF, an oath to be a loyal subject of HM the Queen and Her Goverment in London, and stong links with the British Commonwealth.
    IRA/SF child killers should not be allowed to stand in a democratic elected assembly never mind hold key positions within that assembly.

  • Cormac

    TBL:

    Wow – how come nobody thought of that already?

    You sir, are a genius. A plan like that is bound to work!!

  • Bigger Picture

    Flip go tell someone quick and while your at it inform all those who voted for SF that they don’t count even though it’s a , “one man one vote election system”.

    TBL, whether you like it or not, the Unionist people are not the masters in their own house and must wake up to the fact that as a majority population we can still make this country work while including those of another ilk. Instead wake up and realise that to get results we need to be in there working govt and strengthening the unionist position.

    Unfortunatley Bob McCartney stood on the mandate of,

    “IRA/SF child killers should not be allowed to stand in a democratic elected assembly never mind hold key positions within that assembly.”

    and now he is out weeding the garden somewhere, after not getting enough votes across SIX constituencies to get elected never mind one. While i would love your idea to be real, we are never going back to the Carson days. Make and build Ulster to work now and secure the union for all.

  • Bigger Picture

    Also i would hold your breath with Bertie down south. He’s not looking to give up power that easy!

  • nmc

    Better to die on your feet than live on your knees in an Irish Republic. We will never forsake the blue skies of Ulster for the grey mist of an Irish Republic.

    That’s the funniest thing I’ve read on here in a long time.

  • IJP

    When the “26 counties” were a basket case, a third of trade with the island was done with the North, and the UK had the highest per capita income in Europe, was that an argument for the Republic to give up and seek re-union with Britain?

    Protestants want unity with Britain. Catholics don’t. Economic statistics aren’t going to change that overnight.

    It’s a good case for sorting out the “basket case”, mind. SF is in government and, on its own terms, must now deliver.

  • juan

    Bigger Picture,
    Presumably our true blues’ main tactic is to confuse the rhetoric of assorted Loyalist organisations,

    However it really should be noted that the economic growth in the Republic was stimulated, to a significant degree, by the liberalisation and reduction of state taxation and regulation of investment / business and by the acceptance of monetary assistance from an international body (the EU).

    Wealth and private equity were generated in the private sector by private hands, an economic phenomenon that Sinn Feins’ policy would seriously retard, and one that only private individuals and companies, rather than the state or the ‘nation’ or even blustering politicians, can take credit for.
    Also the idea of Foreign monetary investment (including that accrued from the UK taxpayers in the North) from the EU is surely against the spirit of the “racially and culturally distinct socialist Republic” (Bobby Sands)

    In this context Sinn Fein’s attempting to gain political capital, (in favour of a unitary Irish state – which, incidentally, the SF always told us would be totally different to the state of the Republic of Ireland in its 26 County parameters, both in social and economic terms…. but that’s another ideal worth Bobby Sands dieing for that we seem to have forgotten all about),seems at best silly , the functions of the state as proclaimed by the Irish constitution, (‘to cherish the children’) is that it would care for all it citizens equally and (by implication) defend the poor, something that has again been marginalised by progress.The sucess of the south is not the acheivment of the southern state. If anything Sinn Fein can only claim the republic as attractive to others in that the values of those who established it have been bypassed in all but rhetoric and the ‘Catholic nation’ reduced beyond recognition, hardly something for a ‘nationalist’ party to crow about
    If anything the increase in prosperity is the best case against traditional Irish Nationalism , the socialist republic and by extension its champions in Sinn Fein, which I suppose is why they abandoned the ideals they killed and to a much lesser degree suffered mildly / sacrificed the gullible (Bobby again) for, and instead appealed to the people of the South on populist terms and became paid members of Her Majesty’s Government in Northern Ireland.

    All that’s left now is insensitivity to the bereaved, obnoxious accolading of murders and sadists, and the occasional wee pamphlet telling us why an Irish Nation doing the exact opposite of everything Sinn Fein ever professed (and practising very British economics) is an improvement on its recent past or indeed on a state where their noxious presence has had much deeper destructive effects.

    Well woo – hoo.

    Anyone listening to a nationalistic socalist party crowing about an ecomnomic boon based largely on private capital in a country where they had marginal influence and adopted a stance contray to favourable market conditions to the capitalist, making a childish and secterian boasts like this, and being stupid enough to think this could serve any purpose other than remind people what a shameless bunch of hypocrites they are, should not try to formulate opinions.

  • DJK

    IJP

    not all Protestants see the union as the most important thing in life. I certainly have an affection for it. However, I also cherish my Irish identity. I could certainly consider unification under certain circumstances. Economics would play a part as would guarantees that respect my British identity supported by institutional structures that recognised the special and positive relationship that the island of Ireland has with Great Britain.

    In the end, I am not particularily bothered either way. I am more interested in living in a society where people respect and support each other. The seat of administration should not be a block to achieving that.

  • juan

    “Better to die on your feet than live on your knees in an Irish Republic. We will never forsake the blue skies of Ulster for the grey mist of an Irish Republic”

    you may well find it funny but it is true for me as well as True Loyalist and i bet true for almost all the unionists on here.
    lets here it again

    Better to die on your feet than live on your knees in an Irish Republic !

    Damn right Mr. Loyalist.

  • Not Another Loyalist Troll

    [i]Better to die on your feet than live on your knees in an Irish Republic ![/i]

    Who said anything about letting you live?

  • juan

    well, the rhetoric of the republican has always been the polar oposite of his actions and ambitions regarding the prods, but thanks for being one of the few to admit it,
    quick lad, Gerry McGough awaits !

  • lib2016

    The point is that any future united Ireland will come about as a result of attraction rather than the sort of hard-sell embodied here.

    These are valid points but they won’t really change anyone’s mind. That will happen as a result of political changes, possibly including the breakup of the UK.

    Bertie’s speech today was spoton in saying that the EU shows a new way forward towards unity. The nationstate may well soon be as dated as the city state or the European empires.

    Irish nationalists find nothing attractive about Westminster in comparison to ties with Dublin and Brussels. They are still a growing part of the population here and it’s difficult to see what alternative way forward unionists can propose which would change their minds.

  • nmc

    well, the rhetoric of the republican has always been the polar oposite of his actions

    Good job you can’t say that about unionists, dontchathink?

    http://u.tv/newsroom/indepth.asp?id=75123&pt=n

  • Les Djinns

    True British Loyalist, or should I say DVnine, go back home to Calton. The big boys play here. You need to know what you are talking about (well, at least have a smidgin of a clue)to have a chance.

  • DK

    KENSEI “”“2. In the 6C – 100 companies employ 26 thousand people – compared to 1000 companies employing 130 thousand people in the 26C”

    So a typical NI company is twice the size of a typical RoI company – 260 employees to 130 employees per company. “

    Er, how many times does the NI population go into the ROI population again? I’d hate to think you weren’t making a valid comparison even by the most basicist of basic measures.”

    The point I am making is that why do they compare 100 companies in NI with 1000 companies in RoI? Are they saying that there are only 100 companies in NI? This is clearly nonsense as a brief glance at the yellow pages will show. Surely they should compare 100 in NI with 100 in RoI if they want to make some sort of point about employment levels. It’s just so shoddy that it either renders their arguement useless or makes you suspect Carlton are making it up to make SF look stupid.

  • kensei

    “The point I am making is that why do they compare 100 companies in NI with 1000 companies in RoI? Are they saying that there are only 100 companies in NI? This is clearly nonsense as a brief glance at the yellow pages will show. Surely they should compare 100 in NI with 100 in RoI if they want to make some sort of point about employment levels. It’s just so shoddy that it either renders their arguement useless or makes you suspect Carlton are making it up to make SF look stupid.”

    The point being made is nothing to do with size of companies, I was being facetious. The point is in terms of the depth and the business base that the two parts of the island have; and the subsequent consequences for the resilience of the respective economies. I think the truth is even worse than those figures suggest, in that there are very few large employers here and there are very few HQs.
    I should have thought the point obvious, but apparently not.

  • Bigger Picture

    Juan

    Good analysis of SF’s shortcomings in relation to this issue. Lets keep working to make sure they’re exposed and a prosperous NI can emerge. As our friend says,

    “Better to die on your feet than live on your knees in an Irish Republic. We will never forsake the blue skies of Ulster for the grey mist of an Irish Republic”

  • True British Loyalist

    “Better to die on your feet than live on your knees in an Irish Republic. We will never forsake the blue skies of Ulster for the grey mist of an Irish Republic”

    Yes it is better to die on your feet than live on your knees in an Irish republic. I would rather die fighting than give an inch to IRA/SF, but it seems Paisley’s Lundy’s have given most of what was bargined for by true Loyalists in 1998.
    If Trimble offered an inch, IRA/SF took a mile, and now that Paisley/Lundy is top dog, the process will begin all over again. If those of you who read this wish to live in an Irish republic f**k off down south and live in one. Ulster is forever British, and no ammounts of IRA/SF bullets, or any form of anti-British action by the pan-nationalist front will change that.
    I ask the question again, if Ba Ba Bertie has stated that he will NOT go into government with IRA/SF, why should the people of Ulster have them forced into government on us?
    If IRA/SF are now totally commited to “dmocracy” then why have they not let the location of the disapeared bodies be known? Why if they are now in favour of the nationalist orientated PSNI, will they not give information to the PSNI on the Omagh Bomb, which they have never denied having? If IRA/SF is agaist criminality why is Martin “Deputy Dag” McGuiness’s brother-in-law being held on remand on suspision of murder?
    Don’t tell me that wee Marty does not have knowledge of what happened to the two people who were abducted from the ocupied 26 counties known as the republic of ireland and murdered in an IRA/SF stronghold in Londonderry. He, as former IRA/SF commander of Londonderry would have all the information that the PSNI would need to bring those two people’s killers to justice.
    In short, to sum up IRA/SF a snake may shed its skin, but it will always be a snake and is never to be trusted.
    Quis Separabit

  • circles

    “Better to die on your feet than live on your knees in an Irish Republic. We will never forsake the blue skies of Ulster for the grey mist of an Irish Republic”

    But what if we don’t want to fight? Who you gonna drag kicking and screaming into the pit whilst we’re sitting about building a country for us all? And besides if it weren’t for us you’ll all just drowned sitting on the beach in Portrush ordering back the tide.

    And in what may be considered the final straw and dastardly SFIRA lies and propaganda – blue skies honestly are not synonymous with Ulster. If its blue skies y’all want then hows about moving to Malin Head? (http://www.inishowenonline.com/malin_head.htm)
    That would be in that misty old republicfor the geographically challenged, and the most northerly point of the island – so no need to even “f**k off down south” TBL you’ll be glad to hear.

  • Dissenter

    ‘True British Loyalist’, my a***! More like crass attempt by troll to make Prods look like the not-an-inch b1gots & thickos that certain elements in the North delight in them appearing as, thus making their views appear so much more enlightened & reasonable…for feck’s grow up!! And please, contributors, stop rising to the pathetic troll bait!!

  • Billy Pilgrim

    Dissenter

    As a republican, let me agree with you – True British Loyalist is not remotely representative of unionism, in my experience. The nationalist/republican side of the community has its own embarrassing throwbacks (hello Gerry McGeough!) and it’s tiresome when they are treated by unionists as somehow representing “the true feelings of nationalists” or things like that.

    Though I don’t think TBL is a troll – there actually ARE people out there like that. (Just look at Calton Radio!) The important thing to remember though, is that they are a tiny minority.

  • JimJam

    Looks like Sinn Fein are still leaking like an old boat.

  • True British Loyalist

    Oh yes, it is so easy to cast stones at what I beleive in, and cosy up to IRA/SF members/supporters or the wider pan-nationalist front, rather to look at the bigger picture and see that the education of your children is now in the hands of the apologists of child killers. What is wrong with hating the fibre of IRA/SF and what they want?
    Why is it so hard to grasp for some alledged unionists and loyalists to see that they should not be in the position of power hat they are now in?
    I may sound like a bigot, but I am not. All I ask is that my beloved Ulster should not be under the ilk of IRA/SF child killers and their apologists. Ulster is BRITISH, and will remain so long after Adams and co are food for the worms in dear old Milltown.
    I wonder how many proud irish republicans claim the dole from HM Government, or how many of them cream the British benifit system?

    If the hand of friendship is offered by IRA/SF, then it should be cut off. A leopard will never change its spots.

    FREE MICHAEL STONE

    quis separabit

  • The Third Policeman

    You’ve got it all wrong; its better to live on your feet than die on your knees. Simple mistake to make.

  • GreenProd

    True British Loyalist, keep it up. It’s people like you that made me re-examine my own beliefs. Most people here know that the word Protestant is not just another synonym for Loyalist.

  • True Irish Nationalist Troll

    True British Loyalist…you are welcome to your beloved Britain! One day Nationalist Ireland will be purged of the mongrel/planter interlopers and be a pure Gaelic nation once again!! And while we’re at it, we’ll never support your Proddy Northern Ireland football team that dares to wear the emerald green of Ireland on their backs..show your true colours and wear Orange or the Union Jack butcher’s apron of red white and blue!!

  • Bigger Picture

    “Paisley’s Lundy’s have given most of what was bargined for by true Loyalists in 1998. ”

    Ah hah now we get to the bottom of this, its not a person of high morals, its not a bretheren, its not an ex -duper, its either a UUP stooge or a loyalist paramilitary. Lol this is brilliant i actually believed for a minute that this was someone who had issues to settle but instead its someone who has a chip on their shoulder from 1998. Haha brilliant the true face always shines brightest in the end 🙂 so u were happy for all the agreements to be done in 1998 then?? Dont you just love sniffing out hypocrisy!!

  • JUAN

    Me thinks the days when the ‘cafe catholics’ on slugger could cock a snook at the David Vance and the gang are receeding into the past…..

    what a farce.

  • circles

    TBL:
    FREE MICHAEL STONE

    I was clicking on that like crazy – thought it was a link to a site where they gave away free performance artists with mental instabilities. Was hoping to put mine in the corner of the sitting room for evening entertainment sayin as I have no telly. Would even get a revolving door installed to while away the hours watching his antics.

  • Les Djinns

    Sorry TBL, I thought you were DVnine on Calton. Didn’t realize it was Grim_reaper. Tweedledee and Tweedledumb.
    Not too long ago, you were suggesting that the British forces should have used tactics similar to the SS. Some Loyalist!

  • Kloot

    What a strange site Calton is. If you spend any time reading it, you develop a headache pretty quick.

    The fact that its stated pretty clearly, that its NOT a cross community forum and therefore people should not be attempting to convince them that their views are wrong shows how open to views they are. Its a backslapping site.

  • eranu

    at first read i thought that list was a joke. did a group of adults come up with it, or was it a 13 year old school boy? its laughable the way nationalists will try their best to come up with a word or phrase to avoid saying the name of the country they are talking about. its called northern ireland, get over it. if you dont want people to laugh at you then try using the same words that adults use. look at the way they call the republic 26 counties, but try to reduce NI even further by only giving it a ‘c’. the only reaction to this im afraid is to split your sides laughing and then stick your tongue against your bottom lip and go ‘duuuuuuuhhh!’

    as for the points raised, i dont see how any of them are an argument to leave the UK and join the ROI.

    The republic has created more jobs than NI, what a shocker !! theres me thinking that because we are only a third of the size of the ROI we should be able to create the same amount of jobs !

    “Manufacturing business – decimated;”
    i think we’re all aware of the lack of demand for flax products these days and ships are made in the far east where its cheaper than NI, or should i say all the other western countries too !
    what has that got to do with the ROI???

    “North has the worst motor ways in Europe”
    i must have missed the SF europe wide motorway survey, but what has that got to do with joining the ROI?

    the rest of the list is just statements and figures which are probably all untrue. if the best argument they can come up with is “because peter hain said so” then i dont think any unionist need take much notice. unless they want a good giggle that is.

    i live in dublin and belfast and the fact is that there is nothing in the ROI to draw us out of the UK and into the ROI. economies of scale mean that we will always have more goods and services to choose from in the UK. alot of the time down here you pay more for less. in the UK there must be 100+ internet service providers. in the ROI there are only a couple. the result is the in the UK you can get unlimited cheap fast broadband with no download limits. but in the ROI you pay more for a slower speed and its capped at 2gig (or something). thats the reality of moving from one country to one a tenith its size.
    the reason you never hear a convincing argument to join the ROI is because there isnt one !

  • Billy Pilgrim

    Juan

    “Me thinks the days when the ‘cafe catholics’ on slugger could cock a snook at the David Vance and the gang are receeding into the past…..”

    Eh?

  • DK

    I am starting to think that this is actually not an outreach to unionists but an attempt to keep the united Ireland agenda on the boiler. Since we now have peace and equality, the last remaining motivation for a united Ireland is economics. While this will never motivate the prods, it must be aimed at the between 20% and 50% of Catholics who are not interested in a United Ireland. The worst thing for the UI agenda is prosperity in Northern Ireland, which we clearly have. Prosperous people are not interested in risking it, so the list is an attempt to persuade Catholics that the grass is greener on the other side and not to lose the faith.

    Trouble is that it is so riddled with errors that it defeats itself: For example, the IDA created 12,623 jobs in 2005 and the 2006 report is not available on their website.

  • kensei

    “The republic has created more jobs than NI, what a shocker !! theres me thinking that because we are only a third of the size of the ROI we should be able to create the same amount of jobs !”

    Does anyone in here understand any Maths?

  • True British Loyalist

    The answer is simple. Those that want to live in an irish republic, can hop over the border and do so. There will NEVER be a united ireland, and as IRA/SF child killers have now unconditionally surrendered the whole issue of a ui should be laid to rest. It will not happen.
    The next thing to do, having got the unconditional surrender of IRA/SF, is to weed those who support child killers and their apologists out of our country and our local government. They have no place at the table with British citizens. They are scum and Ulster should be wiped clean of their ilk.
    I notice that not one single person has answered my previous comments, so I will ask them again:if Ba Ba Bertie has stated that he will NOT go into government with IRA/SF, why should the people of Ulster have them forced into government on us?
    If IRA/SF are now totally commited to “dmocracy” then why have they not let the location of the disapeared bodies be known? Why if they are now in favour of the nationalist orientated PSNI, will they not give information to the PSNI on the Omagh Bomb, which they have never denied having? If IRA/SF is agaist criminality why is Martin “Deputy Dag” McGuiness’s brother-in-law being held on remand on suspision of murder?
    Don’t tell me that wee Marty does not have knowledge of what happened to the two people who were abducted from the ocupied 26 counties known as the republic of ireland and murdered in an IRA/SF stronghold in Londonderry. He, as former IRA/SF commander of Londonderry would have all the information that the PSNI would need to bring those two people’s killers to justice. So why has he not done so?
    I will also repeat the TRUTH :“Better to die on your feet than live on your knees in an Irish Republic. We will never forsake the blue skies of Ulster for the grey mist of an Irish Republic”

    Quis Separabit

  • Bigger Picture

    TBL,

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz in an ideal society mate unfortunatley in life we all have to get on with each other. You haven’t answered my question of why you thought the 1998 agreement was a better one??negotiated by true loyalists??

  • circles

    TBL – not to mention your continued confusion on the blue skies in Ulster issue.
    Although on the other hand you do have a point, Malin Head is in Ulster – you know that part in the misty republic and all that.