Republican charm offensive

Sinn Fein, having ceased murdering Unionists, have been trying to be nice to us lately. But it’s impossible to believe that they mean it. Alex Kane in his Newsletter column on Monday was justifiably highly critical of the Union Group for, as he put sees it, giving legitimacy for “Sinn Fein to be allowed to use the Shared Future doctrine as a way of continuing their struggle by other means.” When asked by this group to attend the launch of SF’s Charter for Unionist Engagement, I replied:

listening to shinners lie to me about their intentions and opinions seems like a waste of an afternoon!

At that launch, apart from trying to tell Unionists that Bobby Sands is a perfectly respectable role model, Sinn Fein spoke of what nice people they are, and why they are very sensitive to Unionist feelings. Yet according to one SF member, Her Majesty is:

some dim descendant of the house of Saxe-Coburg

Maybe he didn’t read the memo.

I used to write and get paid, now I read and don’t.

Former UUP staffer, currently living in London. @mjshilliday

  • Porlock

    I note this from the Young Unionist’s website:

    June 6th, “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here” thread.

    “DC’s points on a shared future and making Nationalists Unionists by persuading them that it is in their interests are legitimate, and aims that I believe in.” (Michael Shilliday)

    Not entirely sure how that view ties in with the views espoused on this thread, in which Mr Shilliday doesn’t seem all that keen on Unionists engaging with the purpose of persuading nationalists of anything very much.


  • Michael Shilliday

    The use of the word nationalists there is, I grant you, misleading. What I certainly do not mean, is members of SF or even the SDLP.

  • Rory

    I feel that, like Sir Walter Raleigh, an obligation to rush to Her Majesty’s aid. She is not a particularly “dim descendant of the house of Saxe-Coburg”. None of that crew were renowned for either intelligence, charm, affability or physical beauty. She seems a fairly normal Saxe-Coburg in that regard.