“Should we eschew any cause or proposal…”?

Interesting point raised by former South African Minister Kader Asmal in the Irish Times report on his inaugural lecture at Trinity College’s Centre for Post-Conflict Justice.

“The question that must be answered is whether the most important political consideration is the need to maintain the unity of the power-sharing executive? Should we eschew any cause or proposal, even the proposal for a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland . . . that may lead to inter-communal differences in the executive?”

Is that “the most important political consideration”? Certainly seems to be… And not just by the political parties/governments. The other question for the “Centre for Post-Conflict Justice” is, is it already too late?

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  • RobertNoonan

    The issue of basic human rights are far more important than Political carve up or fudge

  • wee buns

    I second the above comment.

  • The proposals for a NI BoR aren’t remotely concerned with ‘basic human rights’.

  • Alan

    This cannot be all that was said.

    The question itself is politically loaded. What unity is there to maintain ?

    If the only unity is the desire to prize democracy over violence, does that unity require that only parties who designate as unionist or nationalist can sit at the table? The answer has to be no.

    On rights -what a sad commentary – if we are to deny ourselves the most fundamental of rights, then what are we left with ? And all for the sake of maintaining that the emperor’s nakedness is covered?

    Chekov – actually they are.

  • FitzjamesHorse

    Oh God no……not more Conflict Resolution.
    At Trinity???
    Sheesh how did Irelands premier centre for Conflict Resolution (no distance too far…..but excluding the “Holy Land” round the corner) at Queens miss out on that one?
    Questions will be asked!

  • Alan,

    Our basic human rights are already guaranteed under the EHCR and the Human Rights Act 1998. What Monica McWilliams is attempting to do is extend the domain of human rights into areas formerly considered the realm of party politics, thus transferring responsibility for those areas to the judiciary, who will have to rule on vague wordings such as “maximum available resources”.

    Would this be interpreted to mean that no public policy area other than those guaranteed “maximum available resources” could ever be given increased funding, lest it reduce the resources available to those special areas? Would some future administration be legally compelled to raise taxes in order to maximise the resources available to, say, the health service? The whole thing is legal quicksand.

  • Sorry, I meant ECHR. I always misspell that…

  • Marcionite

    I’ve posted this on other thread but it’s too important to ignore.

    Wakey wakey everyone, Bildeburg run the puppet show at Stormont, it’s to secure NI as one of many offshore slave labour camps for US firms to take advantage of our cheap labour. Remember Paisley and McGuiness in the USA announcing “NI is open for business”? Open for call centres and fixed dollar per hour rates for so called IT firms that open here where the economic hero is the 21 year old earning 15k a year with no career ladder

    Paisley and McGuinness and others were in the USA acting as pimps telling Mr Wall Street to put it’s hands up Miss Ulsters skirt because she’s cheap

    a source within Bildeburg informs me that SF and DUP leadership were summonsed to said group and given ultimatums. Pretence of power and personal payoffs in exchange for peace-of-the-plebs.