Time for other parties to break Executive ranks as Sinn Fein sacrifices northern interests for southern ambitions

Following on from Mick, let’s  begin by making the best possible case for Sinn Fein, the party which seems the most intransigent in the inter- party talks. The Conservatives’ strategy for the next five years to a produce budget surplus of £23 billion by 2019-20 is probably unsustainable, unless the rate of growth picks up dramatically. Why tamely accept it?   By contrast Labour’s plan to balance only current expenditure would result in  a continuing deficit of £25 billion over the same period, leaving a gap of almost £50 billion between the two parties ‘ present plans. Why can’t Northern Ireland have just nibble of the difference? Trouble is, Labour is going into the election  just as tough on current expenditure.  Holding out for a Labour victory seems a forlorn hope as a way out of deadlock.

The plain fact is that there is no party in these islands which supports what Gerry Adams calls “ a different economic and fiscal model. “ We have got beyond bailout responses now.  But growth  is still too modest to make  a much of a difference fast.  The Conservative and pro-business aim of “rebalancing the economy”  can’t be achieved any quicker. Perhaps the hardest conclusion  to reach is that The Past  is a weakening argument for more, more money.

To be alone is nothing new for Sinn Fein whose very name proclaims it. Their tradition of armed revolt leaves then with no great respect for the democratic process beyond what they can get out of it in elections.  How often have we heard them glorying in the vision of the only all-Ireland party on both sides of the table in future North-South and British-Irish intergovernmental  deliberations?.  This duality is now working against their own northern supporters.  Settling with the Brits now would seriously weaken their anti-austerity stance in the Republic which up to now has served then so well in the opinion polls. Right now it seems a self regarding indulgence, to sacrifice immediate northern interests for southern political aspirations. Partition  snares them unless the south were to bail out the north which of course is out of the question.

There is never an easy answer to populism. That can only come from better results than expected and greater sobriety from the voters in the privacy of the ballot booth. Neither can be guaranteed .

So who might Sinn Fein turn to for solidarity? Try Greece, where the parliament is deadlocked over electing new president. Failure would trigger new parliamentary elections by the end of the year which almost no one wants. The polls suggest the far left party Syriza would win. Its leadership has tried to assure the rest of Europe and the markets that it has no intention of quitting  he Eurozone. Yet this could yet be the result if a Syriza –led government  tried to carry out its plan to cancel half of Greece’s massive debt  – just at the moment when recovery has taken modest hold.

Remind you of anyone?

By contrast with Greece Sinn Fein has failed to grab much attention for their doom-laden prophecies of Assembly disintegration. It’s a rich irony that  this looks like becoming  a notable result of that now overworked concept “the peace process.”  To have their threats ignored is not what they expected.  Nor the other parties either, who might just have been  quietly riding on Sinn Fein’s backs this time. If so, it’s time to get off the dead horse. The SDLP included.


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  • kalista63

    I hear some of the yahoos have cars and they didn’t even get them on the DLA, which can’t be right.

  • alexbr

    We had the RUC trying to recruit sex abuse victims as touts when ever abuse was reported.
    The British army was raping all over the world before SF even existed.
    You don’t call them mass murdering rapists do you, whys that?
    Both FG and FF were in power for decades when tens of thousands of Irish children, many taken from mother at birth were then enslaved tortued and raped throughout childhood.
    The many thousands of kids who were sold by the church to the highest bidder under the eyes of the government on the international peado market.
    Where did the money end up from the sale of these children? Did FG/FF take a cut?
    Whats the likelihood they didnt and will we ever find out?
    Just maybe when SF or anyone other than FG FF have power we’ll get the answers to these questions.

  • alexbr

    Google Sir Jimmy Savile and the royal family. Him and Charlie were best of buddies.

  • alexbr

    Is it to much to expect the British to look after the people they suck dry and claim ownership over when they waste billions fighting wars and spend over 100billion on a submarine.
    A young family member of mine was born with a medical condition and was told he’d have to live with it all his life or pay a minimum ten grand for treatment.
    Then a few days later we see Mr Hague on tv promising 800million to buy weapons for Syrian rebels in the name of peace?
    Is it any wonder people will screw the government any chance they get.

  • Dixie Elliott

    What sort of eejit believes that if someone has seen through the decent of SF he wants to go back to war? I absolutely am opposed to violence because I saw how Adams and company sacrificed lives in their own lust for power and greed.

    As for a draw or winning….catch yourself on, the Unionists are giving the shinners sweet FA…

  • alexbr

    It anyones vote should be at risk you’d think it would be those who blew the opportunity to create thousands of jobs at the Maze and scuppered a new modern sports stadium being built because among other things it included Irish language signs.
    Unionism is keeping us in the dark ages and everyone here suffers for it.

  • Old Mortality

    ‘We just don’t want to feel like strangers in our own land anymore.’

    Can I take it that the leparachaun theme park might be a more attractive option for you than UI.

  • Old Mortality

    And you’d rather sponge off those poor Irish bastards whose towns have been destroyed since 2008? Would they let you?

  • sk

    “Covenanter” must have gotten himself a new ip address, I see.

  • Cue Bono

    They agreed to share power with the minority parties. Despite the fact that one of them was led by a bunch of failed terrorists who were responsible for mass murder. That was pretty damned fair of them.

  • Cue Bono

    Desperate stuff from the Sinner Bots. Any theories on anyone with a family full of paedophiles who might have been recruited by the British?

  • Cue Bono

    It was the Sinners who stopped the creation of all those jobs simply because their plan to build a republican shrine at the Maze was scuppered. In fact it is Martin McGuinness who is keeping us in the dark ages.

  • barnshee

    “The British army was raping all over the world before SF even existed””

    Id be careful there odd chap –up to 40% of the British army was Irish You are maligning (amongst others)

    100th Regiment of Foot (Prince Regent’s County of Dublin Regiment)
    102nd Regiment of Foot (Irish Rangers)
    134th (Loyal Limerick) Regiment of Foot
    135th (Limerck) Regiment of Foot
    etc etc

    Mind how you go

  • Steve Larson

    The majority who depend on the state in the North are Public sector employees and retired ones.

    The DLA claimants are only a small portion of that.

    The key issue is that most people over 30 in the North work in made up jobs, rather than the real world.

  • British Patriot

    Democracy was never intended to extend to those trying to destroy the demos. Irish Nationalism is treason.

  • British Patriot

    Not many of us Brits are Guardian-reading tofu eaters who believe all the Cultural Marxist propaganda thrown in our direction.