There was an interesting article in The Sunday Times last weekend, dealing with Martin McGuinness's bid to be president of Ireland and head of its official armed forces.
McGuinness, you may have heard, has stated that he left the IRA in 1974. Intelligence sources disagree, however, as do former comrades-in-arms, who claim he was the top man right up until the ceasefire negotiations and beyond.
According to the article, McGuinness dismissed those who question his paramilitary past as "west Brits”. And in Shinner logic that deals the whole uncomfortable issue a knockout blow. Anyone who disagrees with the Shinners' brand of national socialism is a “west Brit”, of course. There are worse things though - like being a leading light in an organisation that killed protestant and catholic workers alike, if it deemed them to be “legitimate targets”.
I know the IRA were not the only ones – there were also the sectarian murder gangs of the UDA, UVF and the rest. There were bigots like Paisley stirring it since the late 60s civil rights movement, and making a career out of it. Now they are all peacemakers - having got it out of their systems - and we should all fall over ourselves in gratitude to them. And how many younger people who have no recollection of what things were like during "The Troubles" will be rushing out to vote for Sinn Fein's candidate?
How many will vote for him because he is the “Ya-Boy-Ya!!!” candidate? You know the type? The barstool republicans who have blighted every Irish generation since 1922, lemming-like in perpetuity, cheering on the boyos from a safe distance with their lumpen nationalist bollocksology.
That other hopeful candidate, David Norris - a man being hounded for far less serious past transgressons - might wistfully recall The Citizen from the Cyclops chapter in Joyce’s Ulysses – a character that summarised the above type so well.
He hasn’t gone away, you know. He'll be out voting for Martin McGuinness on the 27th of October.
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