Letters to the Editor

Scotland and Ireland are irrelevant to the English establishment

It has become obvious over the recent debates that Tory Brexiteers cast themselves as superior to anyone else and their sense of  English nationalism harks back to the empire. There has never been a Britain there has always been an England of two halves. The Tory shires where the majority of wealth is distributed and the impoverished north. This Tory breed believe in a god-given right to rule having been to Eton or such like. ‘Taking back control’ is their slogan. They describe Britain as a vassal state where rules and laws are made beyond Westminster and wish to take back control, yet are unable to understand why Scotland or Ireland would wish to do the same.
In reality they are a vassal state of the US as America dictates when they go to war, what country they should adopt sanctions on, how much they spend on defence.

It also puts restrictions on its banking and in every major world crisis state TV rushes to Washington for advice and seeks opinions widely from the US and rarely from Europe.
To the English establishment Scotland and Ireland are irrelevant while the Welsh are content with second-class Englishness. Scotland is that place up there where we have grand estates and grouse and can never out
vote us.
Scotland and Ireland were used as cannon fodder for their imperial adventures, that created the wealth they possess. Indeed by 1860 Ireland supplied more than 60 per cent of its army with an English Officer class of course. Their partners in parliament, the DUP, clearly want a hard Brexit whatever the cost to the people here. Their main objective is to distance the north as far as possible away from the Republic. They, like the Tories, think the Empire still exists, hence their arrogance and opposition to the majority here.
We should remember that the DUP was born out of those who attacked civil rights campaigners and their founder Ian Paisley’s roll in bringing bring violence onto the streets in opposition to civil rights for Catholics. Many should remember his famous statement on Britain joining the EC, that Britain was a Protestant country and should not be joining with Roman Catholic Europe.
Given the recent remarks by an MLA that the Pope was the anti-Christ, it would seem the ideology remains. The DUP may fool the English as they remain ignorant of realities here but we know better.

Belfast BT11


Politicians in a new Ireland should serve society not landlords

The recent defeat at Westminster for May’s Brexit deal and her insistence that the UK will leave the European Union in March means all of us are moving inexorably towards a hard Brexit. There has been much discussion around a hard border and how to avoid it. However, what seems to have been lost in the conversation is that while much of the previous infrastructure, customs posts, watchtowers etc, has been removed from the border, the border itself has become harder since the Good Friday Agreement which saw the Free State, supported by Sinn Féin, abandon its territorial claim to sovereignty over the six counties.

The DUP’s insistence in acting contrary to the wishes of the majority of people in the six counties will inevitably manifest itself in a multi-tiered impact on the six counties following Brexit. Inward investment will dry up and there will be a relocation of current manufacturing and other jobs. The farming industry will suffer with farmers here having restricted access to their nearest market. The Free State will also suffer but will gradually gain something of a windfall in terms of inward investment for those firms that had initially contemplated setting up in Britain or the six counties.

The significance will be much wider than that following a no deal Brexit.  It is likely to result in a break up of the union with Scotland voting to leave. The old saying that Britain’s difficulty is Ireland’s opportunity and there must be a border poll now for Irish unity. Once that is achieved, I would hope that there would be a generation of new politicians whose primary aim would be to create a society where social justice is the priority. Sadly that is lacking at the moment. I recently heard a Sinn Féin representative for west Belfast comment that his party provides a service to the community but despite the party’s predominance in the constituency for almost 30 years, it is one of the most deprived constituencies anywhere. By contrast the investment in the east of the city in comparison to the west is stark.
So let’s have a new Ireland but let’s have genuine, altruistic politicians who want to serve society instead of landlords.

Belfast BT11


SF silent on France’s use of rubber bullets

Where is Sinn Féin’s public condemnation of the use of rubber bullets by French police forces against Yellow Vest protesters in recent weeks?

The French police are using large numbers of rubber bullets against the French people in an attempt to reassert control.

It has been confirmed that the French government has ordered more munitions in the expectation of more civil unrest in early 2019.

It is ironic also, that the EU and UN recently called on member states to push for a ban on the baton round.

Sinn Féin platformed for decades condemning all use of these lethal weapons, here and abroad.

After three years of use in the 1970s the rubber bullet was replaced with the plastic bullet in the attempt to make the baton round less harmful.

Seventeen people here lost their lives due to the use of plastic and rubber bullets by British state forces.

Sinn Féin are now an internationalist, pro-EU federalist party and considering Emmanuel Macron is one of the leading figureheads of the EU project, it is unlikely that Sinn Féin will go public with any form of criticism of the French president.

Belfast BT15


Irish GPs’ choice should be respected

When the majority of the Republic’s electorate voted in the referendum to legalise abortions for unborn babies up to 12 weeks old, it was clear that they had voted without considering the full implications of this decision. A largely social media driven campaign, with the support of the main political parties, resulted in abortion becoming legal in the Republic from January 1. A nation which was known for its compassion and care, especially for the most vulnerable in society had now voted for abortion.

Eighty per cent of Irish GPs have already stated they won’t provide abortions. We now have the ‘Pro Choice’ lobby demanding the Irish health minister puts pressure on GPs to perform or facilitate abortions despite GPs’ conscientious objections. 

People need to know that when GPs signed up for their profession it was to provide life enhancing care, not prescribing abortion for one of their patients.
Their choice should be respected and they shouldn’t be forced to do something that is morally wrong for them.

Belfast BT11

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