3/05/2008

Together-Stronger and United


As Chris has informed you, I have indeed rejoined the team at Balrog and what a time to do so. There is a lot going on in the political arena in the six counties at the moment.

Most notably is of course the fact that Big Ian was on the front page of all the papers today as he last night told the world of his decision to stand down as the leader of the DUP and of course from the role of First Minister.

Everyone knew that the DUP were having problems. Hardliners in the TUV were giving the big Rev sleepless nights already before Ian Óg was forced to stand down from his dad's side because of his 'activities!'

But it is not this revelation on which I am focusing this post. It is the comparison between the unity of the DUP and Sinn Fein.

Gerry Adams has been the leader of Sinn Fein since 1983. In this time he has taken the Republican Movement from a full scale war with the British army to power sharing with the DUP.

At the Sinn Fein Ard Feis at the weekend, Adams received a standing ovation from the huge crowd of activists gathered in the RDS. Like every year, everyone left feeling that we were as united as last year and that Gerry was still the best man to lead us into another year of work towards our goal.

In comparison with this, at the weekend, the DUP were no doubt plotting and scheming against their once loved leader. The DUP are in trouble, there's no doubt about that! It will be interesting to see how both the standing down of their leader and the emergence of the TUV will affect their electoral results next time around.

I'll leave you with this thought. When Trimble left the UUP top spot, so did his party.

When Hume became irrelevant in the SDLP so too did his party from the political stage in the North.

What will happen as the DUP topple Ian??

And all the time Gerry is as strong as ever, inspiring activists each year, and in turn the activists working tirelessly to achieve our goal and gain political strength. Sinn Fein is stronger than ever and I for one can't wait to see what the next election brings!!

Onwards to victory!!

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