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By David Vance On June 7th, 2012 at 9:11 am

I watched the Nolan Show last night on the BBC and was interested in hearing senior Sinn Fein spokesman (AND former IRA member) Alex Maskey inform us that IRA terrorists who either blew themselves up or who were shot by members of the forces of law and order “are victims”. As history is re-written, Republicans are determined to ensure that the IRA scum that brought so much misery and pain to our country are sanitised and portrayed as heroic victims. They are nothing of the sort. Every terrorist that set out to take life deserved all that they got. They were victim makers, not victims. The moral depravity that drives the “peace process” is manifest in this deluded assertion by Maskey.


By David Vance On June 6th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

The moral degeneracy continues apace…

Appointing a woman once dubbed Britain’s “most wanted” IRA suspect to a new forum for victims in Northern Ireland was necessary to reflect the varied experiences from decades of conflict, it has been claimed

Great idea.  Have a victims forum where the victim makers have a say. A country that can stomach McGuinness as co-First Minister, if not exalt in it, can swallow anything.

Bertha McDougall, a victims commissioner who helped appoint the 25-member Forum for Victims and Survivors, said it was necessary to reflect as wide a range of perspectives as possible and appealed for critics to await details of the group’s full make-up..

And then, the obvious question. Who appointed Bertha to this mighty position? Yes, that’s right- the last Labour Government, the same people who opened up the jails, killed off the RUC and elevated the IRA into Government.


By David Vance On June 4th, 2012 at 3:04 pm

And SOME people think the GAA is a bit close to the IRA appreciation society;

The mother of an 11-year-old boy is angry that children at a Gaelic Athletic Club football blitz at the weekend were given medals bearing the picture of a dead IRA man. The medals given to the Under-12 boys at Galbally Pearses Club in Tyrone featured Martin McCaughey. He and IRA man Dessie Grew were shot dead by the SAS in October 1990. “It was outrageous. My son was asking what the hero did,” said the mother who did not want to be named. “We had no warning that the medals would be dedicated to a dead IRA man.”

I am sure the GAA authorities will be issuing an apology and condemning Galbally Pearses Club. Any moment now….


By David Vance On June 4th, 2012 at 10:43 am

In a way, Unionists have only themselves to blame for this;

Belfast City Council is set to back a plan that the Union flag should fly over the City Hall only on designated days — ending a century of tradition. The controversial issue — which will be the subject of a 16-week public consultation from June 6 — will ultimately be decided in a crunch vote by councillors on November 1.

While unionist politicians have indicated their opposition to the change of policy, there is quiet acceptance that they would lose out in the vote and the flag that has flown over City Hall since it opened its door in 1906 will come down on most days of the year. The council met last night and backed the plans to begin a public consultation. The issue was the subject of a draft independent report which recommended that the Union flag only be flown on certain days of the year, such as the Queen’s birthday, to promote good relations. A proposal that the Irish tricolour be flown alongside the Union flag was rejected as the least favourable option.

OK, here’s my view. I think that the Union Flag should be flown in line with how it is flown elsewhere in the UK, no more and no less. Vichy Unionism also has little to complain about and the usual culprits will wring their hands over this victory to Irish Nationalism. But there is another aspect to this. Belfast suffers chronic unemployment, commercial meltdown and a lack of investment. WHY are all these bozos in City Hall playing this stupid game instead of focusing on real issues? As a Belfast ratepayer, I regret paying them so much as one penny if THIS is all they can do.

My grandmother taught me that “you can’t eat flags”. She was right.


By David Vance On May 31st, 2012 at 3:11 pm

“On this day, 31st May 1972, 28-year-old Marcel James Doglay, married with 4 children and originally from the Seychelles, was killed by an IRA bomb which exploded inside the Springfield Road RUC station. The 30lb device went off without warning, blowing out 20 feet of a wall. The Belfast Telegraph reported: ‘as his body was being taken away in an ambulance, a crowd which gathered outside the police station cheered and jeered. This also happened after the 1st bomb attack a year ago, when Sgt. Michael Willets died’

Charming people.


By David Vance On May 31st, 2012 at 8:26 am

I was on the BBC Nolan TV Show last night discussing the issue of whether (sic) Paramilitary flags should be taken down.  You can watch me here, I’m on at just over 15  minutes but you should listen to the nonsense that precedes me…I was glad that 80% of those who texted in to the show agreed with my clearly stated view that these rags are toxic


By David Vance On May 29th, 2012 at 7:19 am

Ssshhhh, don’t tell Martin McGuinness..he might only choke on his cornflakes.

Almost 30,000 residents of the Republic of Ireland have applied to become British citizens over the past three years. A total of 27,361 applications for British passports were received at the British Embassy in Dublin.

Great to see so many of our Irish neighbours wanting to embrace all the benefits that come with being British! I am sure they will be very happy as British citizens, joining those many many other Irish people who decided that life gets better when you become a British citizen.


By David Vance On May 25th, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Here you go, more proof that Northern Ireland is moving forward…cough….

Nine out of 10 future ‘new build’ homes in north Belfast should be in mainly Catholic areas, the Housing Executive has said. Current waiting lists show 74% of tenants are from a Catholic background and 26% are Protestant.



By David Vance On May 24th, 2012 at 8:19 pm

If you want to get ahead, have a murder conviction;

A convicted double murderer has won a legal challenge against rules which stopped him getting a licence to work as a bouncer. Eligibility criteria have been changed as a result of proceedings brought by Londonderry man Tony Doherty, a High Court judge was told. The policy amendments, approved by the Home Secretary, remove an automatic bar on him obtaining a door staff permit. Mr Justice Treacy said: “It’s a good result from the applicant’s point of view, albeit he had to wait a while.” Doherty was released in 2000 after serving time for more than 70 terrorist-related offences. They included the murders of loyalists Cecil McKnight and Gary Lynch in Derry in 1991.

Jailed for a double murder in 1991. Out nine years later. Plus 70 other terrorist offences.  Justice Treacy may see decision  this as “a good result” from Doherty’s point of view although tarnished somewhat by the fact “he had to wait a while”.

I wonder how long the next of kin of his victims have been waiting for justice, Justice Treacy?



By David Vance On May 21st, 2012 at 5:40 pm

It’s hurtful, I understand that;

The widow of murdered policeman Stephen Carroll has expressed disgust at the 14 year minimum sentence imposed on one of her husband’s killers.  John Paul Wootton, who was 17 at the time of the murder, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 14 years to be served before he is considered for parole. Brendan McConville will serve a minimum of 25 years for the murder. Constable Carroll, 48, was shot dead in Craigavon in March 2009. Outside the court, his widow Kate said she was disgusted at the term imposed on Wootton, saying he had shown no remorse.

Of course both these sentences are inadequate but then again, as I recall, Mrs Carroll supports the Belfast Agreement which saw the convicted murderers of RUC officers stroll free. In the name of peace, of course. I find it hard to understand why it is OK for the IRA scum who slaughtered RUC officers to walk free from justice but the killers of PSNI officers must stay in prison for  most of their lives?