Cartoon – Selective abstentionism

Sinn Fein, Abstentionism, Brian John Spencer

This cartoon was inspired by a piece over on where Slugger’s David McCann writes that the State Visit means no end to Sinn Fein abstentionism. Though I’ve heard a few lone voices say otherwise. Hand-shaking, soup-taking and toasting were long abstained from. Thoughts?

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  • Ending abstentionism? On the contrary, one is informed that the long term plan is to simply deepen the boycott of the British parliament. With Sinn Féin as the future majority partner in the north-eastern administration and a junior partner in the national government or more likely supporting a minority administration in Dublin, demands that MPs elected in northern constituencies are given the right to sit as non-voting/speaking observers in Dáil Éireann (and with regularised representation in Seanad Éireann) will become overwhelming. Something Fianna Fáil will certainly buy into if it does indeed stand in the north-east by 2019. Why sit in a foreign parliament that in a decade or two will be utterly irrelevant? And already largely is.

  • redhugh78

    Pat Doherty MP will not be impressed 🙂 …

  • Coll Ciotach

    Someone is being softened up for something and it isn’t necessarily the shinners supporters.

    And another thing now that ASF has raised it, why are FF and the other southern parties continuing their abstentionism?

    However, back on to the main thrust of the thread, why should SF support the queen across the water by going to her parliament?

    If the majority of her subjects are snubbing the seats left aside for them, yet she is supporting the snub by paying them to do so is that not sweet? And what is more it shows that the irrelevance of being there exposed is plain for all to see why would you want to have to spread your forces by sending people there?

    Cannot see it folks.

  • JR

    There is a difference in meeting the queen and swearing alegence to her. Not so long ago you need to swear an oath of allegence to the queen to be a teacher or a nurse here. If they got rid of that, why not for MP’s too?

  • Nordie Northsider

    …the right to sit as non-voting/speaking observers in Dáil Éireann…

    What would be the point in that? If they can’t speak or vote there’s absolutely no point in them being there.

  • @Nordie Northsider, because it would be a first step to full representation and the precedent has already been set with the occasional presence of Irish MEPs in the chamber of the Dáil and at Oireachtas committees.