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HUMBLE PIE?

By ATWadmin On December 9th, 2006

I read that DUP leader Ian Paisley has said that Sinn Fein (Minus the IRA) must humble itself by endorsing the Police Service of Northern Ireland. In a speech to his annual dinner in Co Antrim, Mr. Paisley appealed for party unity and asked for members to put their trust in him. He said he was committed to humbling his enemies by forcing them to accept the rule of law. He also told Sinn Féin that if it did not support the police, there would be no point in seeking to be in government.
With all due respect, I profoundly disagree. When the Murphia pay lip service to policing, it is democracy that is humbled. Republicans should NOT be rewarded for accepting the rule of law, they should be punished for rejecting it! 

10 Responses to “HUMBLE PIE?”

  1. SF minus the IRA ?
    Does that mean Adams, McGuinness and Kelly are off the Hook David ?

  2. Are the individuals going to confess to their role in past murders?

  3. After a chorus of "we have suffered too" they’ll invoke the "time to move on " clause Aileen

  4. <i>Republicans should NOT be rewarded for accepting the rule of law, they should be punished for rejecting it!</i>
    Like it or not Sinn Féin has an electoral mandate, and recognising that is not a reward but the duty of any democrat. If Republicans accept the legitimacy of policing and justice systems there’s nothing demeaning about sharing power with them. And anyone who commits a crime should be punished.

  5. BU,

    No. Conferring a mandate upon those inextricably linked to terrorism does NOT legitimise them, so sorry, Sinn Fein/IRA do not deserve ANY form of reward.

  6. <Q>And anyone who commits a crime should be punished.</Q>

    Were the bombings and shootings and other killings of the "armed struggle" Crimes?
    Does that include crimes committed in the past?

    <Q>Sinn Féin has an electoral mandate, and recognising that is not a reward but the duty of any democrat. </Q>

    Their mandate entitles them to take their seats. Nothing more. It’s upto the other elected representatives to decide if they will sit with them in government.

  7. The last time we had a speech about humiliating republicans negotiations broke down. Yet in this case I don’t think people will be too bothered.

    It makes sense for Paisley to sell it as a victory. Sinn Fein will endorse policing and there will be a government.

    The question will remain for some unionists as to how serious the endorsement is. Is it an empty formula or is it the real deal.

    I think it will be the real deal and I believe that Sinn Fein voters want policing resolved and normality established under the agreed institutions.

    Those who suspect otherwise I would urge to give the thing a chance. Say what you like about Paisley but he’s no fool. Don’t buy into the illusion that Bob McCartney or will all due respect Mr Vance could get a better outcome with the same political hand.

  8. BU,

    No. Conferring a mandate upon those inextricably linked to terrorism does NOT legitimise them, so sorry, Sinn Fein/IRA do not deserve ANY form of reward.

    It worked in Israel so why not here?

  9. Why then do gerry (with a small G as he is known by friends) and co get distressed with Doc P calling them IRA/Sinn Fein – see HOC Hansard and assembly minutes.
    Facts are a pest.

  10. Humble Pie was a great Rock Group….

    30 days in the Hole….