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By ATWadmin On January 30th, 2007

I’m a pretty consistent critic of the "Belfast Telegraph", Northern Ireland’s worst daily paper as I like to refer to it. But I like to think I am open-minded to give credit where it is due – which IS the case in this evening’s editorial.

Too many times, in the past, the UUP accepted gestures from Sinn Fein at face value, only to be let down when there was a failure in delivery. The DUP needs to show, in words, that it is ready and eager to see republicans transform themselves into unequivocal democrats. But the deeds must come from Sinn Fein…


But where this editorial goes sadly awry (with all due respect) is when it then peddles the myth…

In fact the danger is that the centre-ground parties like the UUP and SDLP, who worked so hard at reconciliation, will suffer in a highly-polarised vote.


Pure nonsense. The fact is that the UUP and SDLP have FAILED the "decent people" for many years now, by each side playing its own pathetic partisan role. The SDLP brought the Sinn Fein monster to life, and now see their electoral fortunes ebb away, as they try to outgreen the Provo Party. The UUP have linked up with the UVF and UDA’s proxies over the years, sat in power with terrorists, and also have seen their fortunes ebb away.

It is the ordinary people I feel sorry for – let DOWN by the so-called Middle Ground.

8 Responses to “CREDIT WHERE IT IS DUE!”

  1. ‘"Belfast Telegraph", Northern Ireland’s worst daily paper as I like to refer to it.’

    As a matter of interest, David, which paper do you consider to be NI’s best?

  2. Well, ATW isn’t a paper but it is daily!

    I think the Irish News is OK as a paper, Newsletter so-so, but they all lack edge and challenge, in my view. All so provincial, so safe….

  3. The ordinary people will have their say on 7 March.

  4. David,
    I’m relieved you didn’t say Sunday Life :0)

    There isn’t a lot of choice though is there, all things considered?

  5. Henry,

    Wonder how many "ordinary people" will not lend a vote to any Party?

  6. David

    That’s the big question on the unionist side. On the nationalist side I think Sinn Fein will do well out of the policing decision and people will come out to vote for it.

    But for anti-Agreement unionists the best (if high-risk) strategy might be a boycott of the election.

    IF enough unionists don’t vote there will be a nationalist majority in the Assembly and a Sinn Fein First Minister.

    I don’t think either unionist party would go into government on that basis and no executive could be formed.

    Do you think the numbers are there to pull it off?

  7. Young republicans have the backing of Sinn Fein to join the Police Service of Northern Ireland, the party’s president, Gerry Adams, has said.

    He was speaking in Dublin after a meeting of the Sinn Fein ard chomairle (executive).

    At a weekend meeting his party voted to back the PSNI.

    "If young republicans, or indeed any age of republicans, want to join it that’s their right and we would support them doing that," he said.

  8. >>>It is the ordinary people I feel sorry for<<<


    >>>- let DOWN by the so-called Middle Ground.<<<

    or duped by the two extremes, take your pick.