it is an essay on the "Offences against the
State Act 1939" that I am avoiding. There
is no essay; it is wrong, but how to say that
in 3000 words, and sound sincere, well, not one
of my fortes!
I read Anthony Mc Intyres
piece with growing optimism. I am not on my
own, and my views are shared by equally intelligent
and thoughtful Republicans.
Distraction desired, topic, irresistible.
I have always declared, to the point of boredom,
that I am a Republican, born, bred, and intellectualised.
I have never seen another way forward for this
Island of ours than that of a Republic, 32 counties
and Socialist. Call me a dreamer, and I will be
happy with that; at least I will be able to live
with myself should my dreams fade and die like
I was heartened by the number and variety of good
minded and dedicated people who responded to Anthony's
question about the threat to Adams and Mc Guinness.
As my late mother used to say, "why would
we kill Paisley, he's our greatest asset?"
Sinn Fein are our greatest spokespersons for not
going with the British and Irish Governments on
this. They are tied to the old masters.
I know that many others believe the same. We do
not need to tweek and preen, to adjust and cosmetically
change what we have in the North of Ireland lets
call it Stormont it is gone way beyond that.
Sinn Fein want "the Institutions up and running";
running where? Off the cliff like so many lemmings?
There is no solution to the problem of "Northern
Ireland". To the majority on the island the
idea of six small counties being a political entity
is funny, if funny can be applied to the massive
loss of life that has resulted from that dreadful
Treaty decision to split the island of Ireland.
I am indeed beyond disappointment in my former
comrades, now Sinn Fein, They are as they are,
perhaps I was too expectant of their dedication
and ideals, they have fulfilled neither. Was I
out of touch with the reality of their position
when we thought we shared a common ideology? Yes,
My ideals have never faltered.
They have moved from a position of Revolution
to a grovelling wish to belong to the Establishment
and to implement the laws, wishes and instructions
of said Establishment.
Unfortunately for them, they are at the mercy
of Ian Paisley's whims. Not where I would ever
be, or wish any Republican to be. They must admit
defeat. Leave it to the generations to come. Bury
your heads and say your "mea cuplas".
You did wrong. Others will fix it.