ONeils letter displays the same all seeing,
all knowing arrogance we have come to expect from
Provo apparatchiks. Just how does he know what Dolours
Price has been doing during these past 20 years? The
fact is, as stated, that Dolours Price wishes to have
to no truck with the Stormont pact nor with those,
who by their presence sustain and gift it undeserved
ONeil, without a hint of embarrassment, equates
the right wing nationalism and socio-economic policies
of the Provos that owe more to Maggie Thatcher than
to Countess Markievicz, with Republicanism and that
people, like Dolours, who have the temerity to challenge
or criticise have somehow forsaken the right to be
to their Newspeak that particular mantle that can
only be bourn by those who live in that Provo Never-Never
land peopled by the glorious and divine leaders and
their unquestioning followers.
me a break!
ONeil then follows the usual trend of ascribing
to Dolours Price things she didnt actually write.
When mentioning the presence or otherwise of the border,
the effectiveness of armed action and other matters
she was merely pointing out some subjects on which
she might not agree with Eamon McCann but that the
two were mature enough to discuss them without rancour.
Mature thoroughgoing debate and analyses is alien
to Provos of the latter day, born again and New Age
for the insinuation that she would somehow be sending
people out to spill their blood, anyone even half
way acquainted with the Price sisters are their family
would surely laugh. Dolours didnt send anyone
to bomb London, nor did she coerce anyone into suffering
weeks being forced fed as she struggled against criminalisation
in an English jail. Nor, indeed, was it she that sent
young Keith Rogers to die in South Armagh last year.
our formative years of learning of what it meant to
be a Republican we were told at every opportunity
that we werent merely about Brits out.
What made us distinct from the other parties, who
aspired in different degrees to a united Ireland,
was that our ideology was comprised of all of the
isms required for our non-aligned Ireland
of equals, Secularism, Socialism, Separatism, Anti-Sectarianism
cant, for the life of me, remember where I was
when plan B was discussed and adopted. But all of
a sudden out went all of the old, non-pragmatic isms
above and in their place we had Nationalism, Nepotism
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