Letters to the Editor

Working class poverty

A sign at Larne Port

SINCE the DUP got into bed with the Tory party after Brexit in 2016 I have been concerned that our unionist leaders have been less than transparent with us.

They have been focussed on wooing the financial hardliners of the ERG instead of looking after the economic interests of working class unionists.

Yet at every point the DUP will tell us that they are looking after our economic welfare because by opposing the protocol and ensuring the EU has no control over us we will be better off.

An article last Friday in The Economist by John Burn-Murdoch revealed some interesting national household income data of which every unionist should be aware.

Apparently household income for British households has been significantly below the income for Irish households in recent years.

With their obsession over Brexit and the Brexit protocol, it seems to me that the economic welfare of our people has been forgotten by our leaders.

They call us out to protest rallies about protecting our sovereignty, they obsess about border checks and all the while we are distracted from what matters to working people, an opportunity to earn a reasonable income.

The DUP preferred candidate for the leadership of this country was Liz Truss, an economic right-winger who prioritised the needs of energy companies and increasing bonuses for the rich London bankers who caused the 2008 crash – the needs of the hard-working, just-aboutmanaging people who rely on tax credits to supplement their wages matters little.

In his article Mr Burn-Murdoch points out that the rich are doing OK in the UK, but the average and below average UK households are doing worse than in many European countries.

When our politicians come to our doors for votes, they will try to distract us with talk of cultural division and Brexit protocols, but we need to force them to focus on why, after 12 years of Tory rule, our people are poorer that those of other European nations, with incomes below that of countries like Slovenia.

Are they happy with us being a nation of poverty for the working classes while the rich grow richer? Trickle-down economics is a myth. How much more of this do they expect people to take?

ARNOLD CARTON
Belfast
BT6

 

British monarchy most disreputable institution ever to exist

THE infamous dynasties of Plantagenets, Tudors, Stewarts, Hanoverians and Windsors have created and presided over centuries of relentless exploitation, war, famines, dispossession of land, religious persecution, slavery, destruction and looting of churches and monasteries throughout Ireland.

They have perpetuated and thrived upon a system of heredity privilege that creates multi-millionaires out of talentless people who have never contributed anything at all either in enterprise, endeavour, innovation or labour to the creation of the vast amounts of wealth that they squander.

The monarchy endorses and institutionalises sectarianism. It makes a virtue out of snobbery and inequality.

When the new and unelected king of England is crowned he will also become the head of a Christian Church. In this inauguration ritual a crown will be ceremonially placed upon his head by a senior Christian cleric.

The crown will be embellished with priceless jewels which were stolen during British military adventures throughout India, Africa and Asia. And this grotesque ritual will be attended by senior clergy from all the main Christian churches.

The British monarchy is probably the most disreputable institution that has ever existed. It would be an irony and a tragedy indeed for the world if it continues any further.

And all because its deceased leading personality was polite, had good manners and had good social skills.

JACK DUFFIN
Belfast
BT11

 

Memories of the innocent

THE Avenue of the Angels – of which there are several, but the main one is in the Donetsk People’s Republic of the breakaway regions of Ukraine – is dedicated to all those innocent children that have been killed by Ukrainian shelling over the last eight years since 2014 when this conflict really began but was rarely reported by the west.

The Avenue of Angels is covered in owers and the photos of hundreds of little ones killed by the shelling.

But not a report we will see of this on our the west’s onesided news,

However, those memories of the innocent will never be forgotten in the hearts of many.

JOHN-PATRICK BELL
Manorhamilton
Co Leitrim

 

Ungrounded unionist fears

AFTER 100 years of independence, the dominant language in the Republic of Ireland is still English.

That says a lot about cultural hegemony. Instead of unionists fearing a united Ireland, unionists should be active in the debate about the specics of how a united Ireland might function in the event of a majority or majorities deciding this is what they preferred.

Unionists, who would presumably be Malcontentists by default in a new Ireland, could bargain for favoured status within an all-Ireland Dáil Eireann. The Irish constitution already enshrines religious freedoms for all religions and that presumably includes Protestantism.

The Orange Order in Donegal seem to be able to follow their tradition without hindrance. It’s hard to banish hundreds of years of cultural conditioning, but we have worse things to fear than a vanishing border.

I also imagine that unionists in a united Ireland would have more equal status with their southern brethren than they had with their mainland compatriots as Northern Ireland has always been treated differently to the rest of the UK.

As evidence I contend why there was the need for the Campaign for Labour Representation in the 1980s. And, of course, there’s our ‘dear friend’ the Northern Ireland Protocol.

LOUIS SHAWCROSS
Hillsborough
Co Down

 

 

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