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And so, the degradation continues with the news that a former IRA terrorist leader is to join Fermanagh District Policing Partnership (DPP). Sean Lynch, who was jailed for 12 years for attempting to bomb an Army patrol, survived an SAS ambush. (Pity) I note local Unionist Councillors whinging about this…

Ulster Unionist councillor and MLA Tom Elliott beats his chest and declares..

"Let’s remember that just a decade ago that this member was a leader of the IRA in the Maze prison. What I want to know is is he totally committed to Northern Ireland, is he totally committed to the betterment of the province and the betterment of policing in Northern Ireland? And has he left the IRA or is he still a member? I think these are questions that need to be answered."

Elliot needs to take a reality check. We have "the Godfather of Godfathers" Martin McGuinness as Deputy First Minister and they ALL accept that!; WE have a convicted IRA bomber sitting on the Policing Board and they accept that!; so what is their problem accepting yet ANOTHER IRA convicted terrorist on the policing partnership? I’ll tell you – none. This is window dressing, empty rhetoric, in essence, garbage for public consumption.

You all know my view. I reject ALL of this lot of convicted terrorists corrupting the democratic process through their participation in it. That’s why this is an absolutionist issue; you either accept the right of terrorists to sit in government, or you reject it. The Unionists want it both ways, they want to sit in power and exercise patronage whilst still pretending they have any substantive objection to such. They don’t.

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11 thoughts on “CONVICTED TERRORIST TO JOIN POLICING BOARD…

  1. Well if you thought that you shouldn’t have walked away at the negotation stage and left a clear field for Trimble to do the business. Now is hardly the time to cry after doing a pontious pilot act is it?

  2. Those who should weep are the fools that accept terrorists in government.

    There were no "negotiations" – that is the entire point of the anti-agreement lobby. Which part of predetermined agenda do you not understand?

  3. "There were no "negotiations" – that is the entire point of the anti-agreement lobby."

    You can’t be an anti agreement lobby unless you are against the agreement, and agreement involves negotiation.

    There have been negotiations going on for a long time, if you’d watched BBC2 tonight you’d have seen that. You guys ‘refusniks’ refused to talk – stayed away and left it up to Trimble to negotiate on bahalf of unionists – then some of the ‘anti’ agreement after all the heavy lifting was done, took over the very assembly of the wicked they cried out about, and the rest of the refusniks are gone from view. With Jim Allister – heckling from the sidelines.

    That was the fundamental mistake of UKUP – that and not realising politics is about power not principle. It’s about compromise.

    Like Arlene Foster says, what is the point of getting republicans to say they support the police, and then when they go on to policing boards moan about it?

  4. The "agreement" was between the Provos and the UK Government. The rest was window dressing. If you imagine that the likes of Trimble, Empey, and co are professional negotiators, you are deluded. By comparison, people like Bob McCartney, JimAlister and even god forbid myself ARE professsional negotiators by virtue of our daily living.

    As for Arlene, she is a gross hypocrite – that’s the other skill set for politicians.

    And finally, who cares what republicans say? Not me. I care about what they do. I point you to the murder of Paul Quinn for clarification on that point.

    The Belfast Agreement was a non-agreement, it was a non-negotiation. Instead it was a trap and some suckers bought into it, and now crying. Not me, and not those many other anti-agreement unionists. We opposed everything about it and still do.

  5. By comparison, people like Bob McCartney, JimAlister and even god forbid myself ARE professsional negotiators by virtue of our daily living.

    So there were no professional negotiators in the anti – agreement lobby?

    This is from Bob McCartney to Nigel Dodds,(who is a Cambridge educated lawyer- if thats not a professional negotiator what is?)

    ”I met Paisley Robinson and Dodds and I advised them not to take seats.. If they were truly opposed to the GFA then by taking up seats they were giving it recognition. Their true role is that they should have FORMED AN OPPOSITION along with the UKUP and other smaller Unionists.”

    And here :
    ‘In 2000 I had a conversation with Robinson and Dodds,in the corridor up at Stormont. I said most people would argue that you are the most able and efficent managers – Robinson in particular is a technocrat par excellence – but theres a paradox here, and aren’t you aware of it, which is that the more efficient and capable you are the greater stability/legitimacy you’re givbing the whole thing.’

    Hence my point above:
    ‘stayed away and left it up to Trimble to negotiate on bahalf of unionists -‘

    So clearly there were professional unionists in the anti agreement lobby. Not just Bob McCartney or Jim Alister or you, but you guys who were anti agreement could not over come your own difficulties to safe guard the union. Petty personal fights and the need for power was more important.

    ‘The Belfast Agreement was a non-agreement, it was a non-negotiation. Instead it was a trap and some suckers bought into it, and now crying. Not me, and not those many other anti-agreement unionists. We opposed everything about it and still do.’

    Too late was the cry.

    ‘And finally, who cares what republicans say?’

    Unionists do, otherwise why bother to get them to say their war was over, or that they support the police.

    ‘ point you to the murder of Paul Quinn for clarification on that point.’

    And I point you to all that happened while refusniks looked the other way, all that was called ‘internal housekeeping of the IRA’ by Mo Mowlam, yet the refusniks refused to get together and unite in opposition and get in there and give this thing the hard sell.

    Again too late was the cry.

  6. David,

    The "agreement" was between the Provos and the UK Government.

    No, it was an agreement between the UK and the RoI, endorsed by most Northern Ireland political parties and ratified by referendum.

  7. 1. Name the professional skilled negotiators in the UUP back in 1997? Recall Trimble’s "ace" team.
    2. Dodds, Robinson, McCartney and the rest of us did NOT negotiate as we recognised it was a predetermined set-up in 1997/1998. Odd how those considered the more capable amongst unionists refused to enagage, isn’t it? It’s as if we all shared a common analysis, back then.
    2. Too late WAS the cry when murderers strolled free from captivity and fools applauded.
    3. The UKUP and DUP were relatively united. I seem to remember campaigning on a United Unionist ticket.
    4. The refuseniks, (love the Stalanist term) were those who cheered on rewarding evil. The IRA, UVF and UDA,along with their alter-egos in Sinn Fein / PUP /UDP were and remain evil
    5. No Alan, the deal was between the Provos and the UK government and John Major confirmed this. It’s in the bpok, you know!!

  8. ‘2. Dodds, Robinson, McCartney and the rest of us did NOT negotiate’

    They did eventually (not McCartney) at St Andrews and made a hash of trying to get more money out of the treasury, (ah remember someone writing to the newsletter re the begging bowl mentallity of nationalism). Then they tried to pass it off as a new deal, when it wasn’t.

    ‘Name the professional skilled negotiators in the UUP back in 1997?’
    If you knew that you should not have left them alone to do it, but they were too busy in the UUP attacking Trimble in a divided party, much like the differences within the UKUP. The UKUP was a divided party by that stage. OK truth be told, a very divided party.

    ‘2. Too late WAS the cry when murderers strolled free from captivity and fools applauded.’

    And who have the fools to thank for it, those who stood on a united unionist ticket who were in reality divided among themselves? NO VERY divided among themselves.

    5. No Alan, the deal was between the Provos and the UK government and John Major confirmed this. It’s in the bpok, you know!!’

    That was part of the deal not all of it. Ask Tommie Gorman from RTE who has been rumoured to be the go between the IRA and the DUP, it’s in Powells book you know.

    All the more reason for those who ‘loved the union’? to get in there and safe guard it.

  9. 1. The DUP and UKUP did NOT negotiate the Belfast Agreement. St Andrew’s was the Belfast Agreement in nice new wrapping and the DUP folly has since been exposed, as is pointed out.
    2. Trimble was offered help, he refused it. Was the UUP a united party?
    3. The murderers strolled free because of the fools who voted FOR it. All of us in the anti-agreement camp voted AGAINST it.
    3. The best safeguard for Unionism was to oppose devolution on the terms offered. That still remains the case. Unionist politicians pretend otherwise. Why? Mmm….nice salaries for those who otherwise could not earn a decent living.

  10. ‘1. The DUP and UKUP did NOT negotiate the Belfast Agreement. St Andrew’s was the Belfast Agreement in nice new wrapping and the DUP folly has since been exposed, as is pointed out.’

    Thats what I said.

    ‘2. Trimble was offered help, he refused it. Was the UUP a united party?’

    I already said it wasn’t.

    ‘3. The murderers strolled free because of the fools who voted FOR it. All of us in the anti-agreement camp voted AGAINST it.’

    Like Paisley and his followers. Who changed their minds later.

    ‘ 3. The best safeguard for Unionism was to oppose devolution on the terms offered.’
    You (in the UKUP) didn’t want devoloution, but integration.

    ‘That still remains the case.’

    Too late. There’s no other show in town.

  11. ‘Mmm….nice salaries for those who otherwise could not earn a decent living. ‘

    Like Nigel Dodds, educated at Cambridge? Most were well enough educated to earn a good living. Most in the ‘anti’ camp picked up their salaries for doing nothing.

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