“Sinn Féin in my opinion has been slowly sedated…”

In light of Mick’s post, and now Brian’s follow-up, it’s worth noting an Irish News report today of Ballymoney Councillor Anita Cavlan’s resignation from Sinn Féin “over concerns it is failing prisoners”.  From the Irish News report

The Ballymoney councillor said she believed Sinn Féin had “lost direction” and “should be doing more to represent the prisoners”.

“Sinn Féin in my opinion has been slowly sedated and now has been rendered unconscious by the intoxication of an illusionary power to govern,” she said.

According to the report the councillor intends to remain as an independent member of Ballymoney District Council.

“It is not that I support dissident activity.  I would hate it to go back to the way it was.  There were a lot of lives lost in all sections of the community.”

“There are those still amongst us who will insist that continued military action is the only way to achieve a united Irish republic.

“I disagree with them but I will not torture and abuse them if they are imprisoned.”

She said Sinn Féin’s calls for the urgent release of dissident republican Marian Price have been “weak”.

It’s what happens when “the guerillas” become “the people in power”…

But, as I noted in the comment zone earlier, other parties are free to ask questions.

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  • michael-mcivor

    Sinn Fein m.l.a John O’Dowd accompanies the interned political prisoner Martin Corey to his brothers funeral today, despite the courts refushing permission for this yesterday- wait till we hear the crying about this- Jim Allister has already started the complaining on the radio just now-

  • Mick Fealty

    You do get a sense that all this deployment to the south is weakening the offering in the north. “Containment” is the ominous word that comes to mind, after Duncan Morrow.

    I don’t think that any of this is inevitable by any means if they start taking government seriously. They have the talent – both in and out of office – they should let them deploy.

  • If you let talent deploy, the talent might start thinking for itself. Can’t have that.

  • tyrone_taggart

    “You do get a sense that all this deployment to the south is weakening the offering in the north.”

    I know a Mr Adams went south, I am wondering who are the rest of this flight of the “Wild Geese” to the south?

  • lover not a fighter

    Its time that Gerry and even Martin start to consider that Sinn Féin could do with being handed over to the next generation in good shape.

    What more is there that can be achieved with this now aging leadership at the helm. Their final act of leadership should be recognising that now is the time to hand over the reins to a young generation.

  • sonofstrongbow

    They haven’t gone away you know…………….

  • Comrade Stalin

    This has happened a couple of times already. The pattern is pretty familiar :

    – up and coming person runs for selection or for a job
    – said person fails to achieve the post
    – person resigns complaining about leadership and direction
    – person loses seat

  • cynic2

    Lurching along beside Cory at the funeral is just another form of coat-tailing and vote grubbing.

  • cynic2

    “Its time that Gerry and even Martin start to consider that Sinn Féin could do with being handed over to the next generation in good shape.”

    I don’t know about that. Jonathan Powell writing the speeches. MI5 guiding a number of key players along the path of righteousness and a bucket of £20 notes on a string held out in front of the MLAs has done wonders so far.

    A new generation would probably be more expensive having watched all those “I’ve Got Talent” and “Reality TV ” Programmes.

    And can you imagine who will dare tell Marty “You’re fired”?

  • I don’t know about that. Jonathan Powell writing the speeches. MI5 guiding a number of key players along the path of righteousness and a bucket of £20 notes on a string held out in front of the MLAs has done wonders so far.

    Crikey, cynic2, it is just as well you haven’t signed the Official Secrets Act, for that revelation would have you in line for prosecution behind closed doors/in camera. And yes, it is that easy, but the intelligence services appear to have run out of good ideas and worthy news to provide “leadership” to their puppets in governments.

  • Dixie Elliott

    Her former party is so far gone she might as well have said, the DUP should be doing more to help the prisoners.

  • aquifer

    We let the prisoners out as part of a democratically agreed settlement ratified throughout the island. Has someone run back into the prison to reassert their oppressed status, or did they just get caught doing something criminal again?

    Has the government started to intern anti-democratic sectarian gun gangs? Maybe they think that is better than licensing murderous political blackmail by leaving such threats to public safety at large.

    Do I get carded for saying these people are a bit into themselves?

    How much are we allowed to say before we get put on their death lists?

  • socaire

    Fianna Fail – The Republican Party
    Provisional Sinn Fein – The Republican Party
    How does the man in the street tell the difference? Oh, were the Officials not a Republican Party too? It’s enough to make you stop voting. But have to agree with Ms Cavlan. The fire has gone from their bellies. Soon their police will be interning the revolutionary youth of the SDLP. Íosa Críost!

  • Dixie Elliott

    aquifer, do you really think they are going to put someone, with a fake name posting on some forum, on their death lists?

    If you do then let that be a lesson to all others who spend too much time online. It messes with the head and eventually you believe that the World Wide Web is the real world.

  • aquifer

    Dixie do you imagine that public discourse is unaffected by the presence of men with pistols? How many MLAs make it their business to bear down on paramilitary racketeering for example. Armed Irish separatists have shot politicians before.

  • Dixie Elliott

    Ah but Peace Processing is a great thing. I’ll have this piece and you can have that piece….

    A different spelling but at the end of the day that’s what the whole thing boils down to.

    I know! I’m anti-Piece Process for just saying that.

  • “It’s what happens when “the guerillas” become “the people in power”…”

    Strange things do indeed happen:

    Conor Murphy said Sinn Fein is getting some interesting visitors to its offices.

    “We find people who have families who have had links to the police and UDR now coming to our offices. Right across all constituencies reports are consistent. And we are attracting a broad number of people who obviously value the service we provide.

    Perhaps Anita is a member of the ‘old school’ and feared the worst when the police came knocking – or was in danger of being de-selected …

  • PaulT

    “aquifer, do you really think they are going to put someone, with a fake name posting on some forum, on their death lists?”

    Someone springs to mind immediately, but not sure if Mick would be too happy if I mentioned any names real or fake. I seem to recall you’re a big fan!

  • aquifer, do you really think they are going to put someone, with a fake name posting on some forum, on their death lists?

    If you do then let that be a lesson to all others who spend too much time online. It messes with the head and eventually you believe that the World Wide Web is the real world. ….. Dixie Elliott 24 May 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Crikey, Dixie Elliott, you really don’t know what the World Wide Web/Internet/Global Information Grid/Live Operational Virtual Environment ….. call it and its IT Command and Control whatever you will ….. can do and is doing, do you? However, do not be under any illusion/delusion that would deny you the knowledge that there are others, ….. who may be far more than just a few and would be akin to postmodern, future builder non state actor type players and into SMARTR IntelAIgent Services with Clouds Hosting Advanced Operating Systems, ….. who realise that it is another wholly New Orderly World for New World Order type players and Great IntelAIgent Gamers which directly impacts and drivers that which is presented to create the future …….. which you will surely agree in a quite natural and evolutionary progress, will be nothing at all like the present or the past as Mankind becomes considerably smarter than ever before with the selfless global spontaneous sharing of new knowledge and/or right royal and ancient secrets?

    And they have and are contacting Stormont offices and elected representatives to provide them with information on what they would need to be prepared for should their present intelligence servers be failing to supply them with the novel information required to show real leadership in the field.

    That is the real world …… but most probably not as you know it, because you are being spun other tales which would be pimping and pumping and dumping other views and opinions which may be designed for concealing the truth and/or vitally important and inconvenient bits and bytes of that truth from you and the greater public masses at large.

    However, fortunately, would be undeniable proof positive of all of that, should it ever be officially denied.

    Do you imagine that to be something spooky and titanic from MI5 services and servers presumed to be stationed Holywood Loughside, [and presumed to be stationed there, for it is most unlikely you will ever really need to know what is actually being done there] or something else more colossal and sublime and testing, and vulnerability testing exploitation of their and other current establishment systems of human command and control with executive administration on a daily zeroday basis?

    What/Who on earth do you think provides you with your daily news and future views? Surely you do not imagine that things just happen and y’all are a prisoner to magic circumstance which is uncontrolled and uncontrollable? Now that would be truly unbelievable and totally incorrect.

  • PaulT

    Don’t know why Pete didn’t add this link!

    http://sluggerotoole.com/2006/08/29/intimidation_campaign_against_councillor_continues/

    Has life improved that much for nationalists in the area since than. Thats at one end of SF and at the other end the taoiseach will have a TV slot specifically to counteract a speech by Adams at the AF.

    SF stood by the volunteers that shot Jerry McCabe, whose corpse is regularily dug up at election time in the South, so they have the will to do it.

    I think the obvious difference is that the prisoners Anita wants SF to do more for are on the same side as those who have threatened to kill the SF leadership and those who have publically declared their intent to wreck the GFA.

    I’m sure in the not to distance future there’ll be a universal ceasefire and SF will move up a gear in the North on prisoner issues.

  • “It’s what happens when “the guerillas” become “the people in power”…”

    Strange things do indeed happen: …… Nevin 25 May 2012 at 12:44 am

    Quite so, Nevin, strange things do indeed happen, but such is nothing at all new, although that is not to say that it is not completely different today and would bear only a fleeting and obscure relationship with the way things were done in the past …….. http://cryptome.org/2012/05/cia-doctrinal-program.pdf

  • Has SF HQ been curbing freedom of speech in the branch office in Dunloy? The NE Antrim website has gone but I found some residual material in cache:

    nesinnfein dot tripod dot com: “Irish Republican site. Tribute to hunger strikers, news items associated with republican victimisation, political and community links and guestbook.”

    The www dot northantrimsinnfein dot com site has also gone and Daithí McKay’s blog was last updated on 25 January.

    No mention of Anita’s departure on Daithí’s twitter account, just this comment from last night:

    In Dunloy for party mtg this evening, North Antrim activists looking fwd to the long bus trip to the Ard fheis in Killarney!

    What’s the crack, Daithí?

  • Here’s another example of the communication problems with SF HQ from yesterday’s Irish News article:

    Ms Cavlan(62) said the decision [to resign] had left her “heartbroken” but her hand had been forced when she received no acknowledgement from Sinn Fein about the concerns she had raised

    and from this republican site:

    Anita has a close relative who is a political prisoner and she was close to tears when she brought this issue up at a meeting last year-she is doing what she thinks is best for herself and her family

    Perhaps the SF flip via the ‘stepping stones’ process is a step too far when there’s a deeply personal interest involved.

  • amateuranthropology

    Godwin’s Law dictates that ‘as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches’.

    The equivalent in discussions of Northern Irish politics is that ‘as an online discussion of Sinn Féin grows longer, the probability of someone saying “they haven’t gone away you know” approaches’.