DUP dedicate victory to Kerr. Kerr brother rebukes UUP leader

While DUP leader Peter Robinson has dedicated his party victory in the Assembly election to PSNI Constable Ronan Kerr.

Constable Kerr’s brother Cathair has rounded on UUP leader Tom Elliott describing his comments on SF as prehistoric, prejudiced and questioning if voters would support them.

@EamonnMallie prehistoric comments. Ppl need to move forward. Would his voters still vote for him nw?

I would strongly doubt they all think that?? They are prejudiced comments at the end of the day.

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  • I think it’s most unfortunate that party success should be linked to someone’s death/murder – if that’s the inference that’s being drawn.

  • Comrade Stalin

    I actually agree Nevin, I find it a bit tasteless, although it’s quite possible that Robinson talked this over with the family.

  • Cynic2

    I disagree. Constable Kerr has become a metaphor for a shared future and people – the vast majority of people – were voting for that.

    The Dissers, TUV, RIRA and apparently now the UPP are agin that. What good company Tom keeps. Still never mind. He’ll get an ovation at the Field in Fermanagh this July as he lectures his fellow dinosaurs and will see himself as a mover and shaker in that wet wee Empire

  • iluvni

    ‘shared future’, my arse.
    The vast majoirty were voting to make their lot the top dog in the Prod/Mick headcount.

  • Comrade, a transcript from a press conference might be more illuminating. Unfortunately, all we appear to have is the repetition of an opinion which was based on the stringing together of a few sound bites.

    My own opinion, for what it’s worth – I know, not a lot – is that Peter praised his party’s success on the hard work of the DUP team and the merits of the party promises. As I see it, the reference to the mourning Kerr family is a rejection and a condemnation of the actions of those who took his life for political purposes. I’d hope that he didn’t explicitly link the two.

  • Paynoattentiontome

    The thinly veiled defence of Tom Elliot offered by SDLP MLA Alex Atwood shows exactly where the SDLP, that is they feel the same, are and indeed eaxctly why they are going backwards in elections.

  • SK

    ‘shared future’, my arse.
    The vast majoirty were voting to make their lot the top dog in the Prod/Mick headcount.

    Sad but true. Robinson’s high-minded fluff about a shared future is grossly undermined by all that typically tribal “Only one Unionist Party can win” garbage.

  • granni trixie

    I reacted with as much horror when MMcG. tried to appropirate Constable Kerrs death as when PR has just done so. When I mulled it over I was thinking that perhaps this sort of thing may help the family make sense of a senseless act,by recognising its significance.

    Generally though, whilst it is appropriate for politicans to come together after a ‘political’ death, I think it is better for them to avoid making that death a political football or to exploit for advantaget. It ought to be above party politics.

  • the future’s bright, the future’s orange

    iluvni (profile) says: 8 May 2011 at 12:12 pm ‘shared future’, my arse.
    The vast majoirty were voting to make their lot the top dog in the Prod/Mick headcount.

    absolutely spot on laddie. It’s all spin of the highest order, That said, much better than the alternative – ie them both at eachothers throats.

  • Driftwood

    ‘shared future’, my arse.
    The vast majoirty were voting to make their lot the top dog in the Prod/Mick headcount.

    Succinctly and accurately put. The parochial election in a nutshell.
    Robinson’s ‘dedication’ can be taken with a large truckfull of sodium chloride.

  • separatesix

    If people are going to condemn Elliott’s speech then surely they also have to condemn the triumphalism of Sinn Fein at the election count centre.

  • andnowwhat

    Agree with Grannie here. It was not apt when MMG appropiated Const. Kerr and the same goes for Robinson.

    Is he unaware that we have memories which need only go back a couple of weeks to when he was playing the unionism has the divine right to the top job card?

  • Alf

    “Sad but true. Robinson’s high-minded fluff about a shared future is grossly undermined by all that typically tribal “Only one Unionist Party can win” garbage.”

    SK,

    Surely that was just a reaction to people like you saying that unionists were terrified that Coco would become FM. Nice one. 🙂

  • SK

    “Surely that was just a reaction to people like you saying that unionists were terrified that Coco would become FM”

    Alf,

    You may have a point.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if some unionists physically check under the bed for Shinners before going to sleep each night.

  • SK

    “If people are going to condemn Elliott’s speech then surely they also have to condemn the triumphalism of Sinn Fein at the election count centre.”

    Yeah. Not really though.

  • Drumlins Rock

    “I wouldn’t be surprised if some unionists physically check under the bed for Shinners before going to sleep each night.”

    Maybe not, but many physically check under their cars when they get up in the morning, in case the Shinners old comrades came to visit.

  • SK

    “Maybe not, but many physically check under their cars when they get up in the morning, in case the Shinners old comrades came to visit.”

    I accept that.

    However, the one charm of the past is that it is the past. There will come a time when Unionists will simply have to remove that Sinn Fein chip from their shoulder.

  • separatesix

    Cynic2 you should be ashamed of yourself for comparing TUV to the dissidents as the TUV have never killed anyone. Unfortunately The TUV seem to no longer exist apart from Jim Allister so why are you mentioning them, and cynic2 your predictions were wrong Allister did get an assembly seat.

  • I suppose its an indication of the journey that the DUP in general and Peter Robinson specifically has made that he dedicates the DUP victory to Constable Ronan Kerr.
    I suppose its an indication of the journey SF in general and Martin McGuinness specifically has made is his speculation that “Ronan” might have voted Sinn Féin.

    There might be some synthetic or ritualistic horror expressed at the remarks of Mr Robinson and Mr McGuinness.
    But at worst they are inappropriate but not offensive.
    But the outcry over Tom Elliotts remarks seems more genuine.
    He was offensive.
    If Election 2011 proved anything, it might be that no Party will succeed by mentioning events before 1998. And individuals who cling to the comfort blanket of the Troubles are out of touch.
    We have truly moved on.
    The Conflict resolved.
    Yet