British Secretary of State Peter Hain was accused today of being "insensitive" to unionists by a former minister who once chaired the talks process in the 6 counties. Michael Ancram, now deputy leader of the Conservatives, says Mr Hain's "anti-unionist and pro-republican baggage" has compounded the perception that unionists have not been treated fairly by the British Government.
What Ancram means is that Hain is not getting down on his hands and knees and licking Unionist butt!
Republicans should not be under any illusion that Hain is a friend of ours. He is a British Secretary of State and even if perhaps he is less of a stiff than Mandelson he is still a British Secretary of State. This is a man who had Séan Kelly interned to try and cover up his "supposed" republican sympathies in the past. This was all done and a man’s liberty suspended to try and appease rejectionist Unionism.
We are Irish Republicans; we don't have friends in the British government!