“Is Sellafield less toxic than Windscale?”

Interesting analysis from Maurice Hayes on the disbandment of the UUF at the weekend, who notes the irony in “the UDA claiming credit for the disbandment of a body which they stoutly denied any responsibility for even when the proverbial dogs in the street knew that the Ulster Freedom Fighters was an alias for the main loyalist paramilitary organisation”. At bottom though he reckons the delay in getting to the table has as much to do with the way structural changes in employment have adversely affected the Loyalist working class than any differentials arising from the Belfast Agreement and its successor St Andrews Agreement. What’s not indicated by the decision, he argues, is the extent of the political will or otherwise, to embrace Northern Ireland’s changing social and economic outlook…

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  • Pete Baker

    There’s another telling section in that article, Mick.

    It is a fact, too, that the political wing of loyalism has, if anything, weakened since the heady days of the Good Friday Agreement. Even though the system was benignly rigged to secure the presence of a voice for paramilitaries, the absence since of David Adams, Gary McMichael, Billy Hutchinson (and, sadly, David Ervine) is a great loss to the body politic, and a great handicap to those now trying to turn the energies of the UDA permanently towards politics.

    It was to fill this hole that the Conflict Transformation Initiative was conceived, from which Margaret Ritchie, the Minister for Social Development, has ordered the removal of support. [added emphasis]

  • Ulster’s my homeland

    where is the evidence that IRA/Sinn Fein and dissident republicans are totally independent bodies, controlled by seperate intelligence units?

  • Concerned Loyalist

    Can someone please enlighten me as to what/where Windscale is? I’m at a loss…

  • Concerned Loyalist

    “the disbandment of the UUF”…

    Who are they? Here was me thinking it was the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF) Active Service Units that were stood down from 12 Midnight on Monday morning…

  • Concerned Loyalist

    “Interesting analysis from Maurice Hayes on the disbandment of the UUF at the weekend, who notes the irony in ‘the UDA claiming credit for the disbandment of a body which they stoutly denied any responsibility for even when the proverbial dogs in the street knew that the Ulster Freedom Fighters was an alias for the main loyalist paramilitary organisation'”

    I was equally bemused at the irony of Sinn Fein statements after the aforementioned UFF carried out certain operations: They played the “sectarian card” when responding to UFF claims that they had killed known IRA members, by denying that the person/people in question had “anything to do with the IRA or any other Republican organisation” and that they were killed simply because they were Roman Catholics…
    Imagine my bewilderment then when 3 days later the aforementioned person/people were given a full paramiltary funeral with a tricolour draped over the coffin and an IRA Guard Of Honour with men and women dressed in full military fatigues firing shots over the coffin!
    It’s a funny old world isn’t it, when you say something you think people want to hear even though it has no relation to the truth whatsoever…it happened on both sides so we just need to deal with it and move on because the past is the past and there’s nothing we can do to change it, we can only hope and pray for a better future – with the UDA’s standing down of the UFF we are one step closer to realising that dream because, unlike dissident republicanism, they have the manpower, support and munitions to make or break the Peace Process.