Monday, June 04, 2007

Accusations Of 'Out-Greening Sinn Féin': The Last Bastion Of The Idiotic

Quelle surprise, loyalists haven't taken too kindly to Margaret Ritchie's threat that funding will be cut unless the UDA decommissions.

'UPRG' spokesperson Frankie Gallagher has claimed: "You cannot out-green the greens [Sinn Féin] but you can rise above them."

Perhaps it has escaped Frankie's notice, although given the lack of political nous historically displayed by the loyalist leadership it wouldn't be surprising, but virtually the whole community despises the armed terrorist militia that is the UDA/ UFF. It has got nothing to do with nationalism, unionism or even monsterravingloonyism. I'd bet Margaret Ritchie would take exactly the same line in relation to the RIRA or CIRA if they were looking government hand-outs.

Frankie has also offered this nugget of advice to Margaret's party: "The SDLP must get back to the broadest politics of social democracy and stop standing on the precipice of the narrow politics of Irish nationalism.

"If they are republican, then be republican and move forward on the basis of inclusion, not exclusion."

Now I know the SDLP has been faring pretty badly lately in terms of election results, but the day it needs to take advice from the likes of Frankie Gallagher is the day it folds. I want the SDLP to espouse social democratic politics, in-keeping with its founding principles, and adhere to the fundamentals of republicanism- perhaps it has taken its eye off the ball in these respects. But what Gallagher fails to understand is that this does not mean handing a blank cheque to unreconstructed terrorists. To equate the two is simply ludicrous!

The UPRG's attempts to dress-up this threat from the minister as sectarianism merely proves how out of touch they are with the thinking of the vast majority of people in the north across the religious and political spectrum.

8 comments:

SlightReturn said...

Yes, get back to the principles of social democracy and republicanism by handing out cash to drug dealing gangsters who exploit the working class, promote sectarianism and won't get rid of their guns. Sound advice.

Liam said...

- Interesting to hear a young stoop wanting the senior stoops to, "adhere to the fundamentals of republicanism" considering they once refered to themselves as a "post nationalist party". Must be the young blood!!

Reg said...

Liam,

Agreed. Much more encouraging!

Niall said...

I'd bet Margaret Ritchie would take exactly the same line in relation to the RIRA or CIRA if they were looking government hand-outs.

The only government handout they'd get is a summons.

El Matador said...

"The only government handout they'd get is a summons."

;)

iluvni said...

"I'd bet Margaret Ritchie would take exactly the same line in relation to the RIRA or CIRA if they were looking government hand-outs."

...but did she, or anyone in sdlp for that matter, complain when the (P)IRA/SF were being given financial hand-outs and political hand-ups for years?

Nope.

Anonymous said...

As a Unionist I was delighted to hear Maragret Ritchie make her announcement. Well done.

Deerk said...

It seems to me that none of the loyalist paramilitries enjoy the same support as the provos do in their community. I see this as a Unionist.