Sinn Féin and the Banks

I promised JG that I would be doing a post on Sinn Féin's decision to support the financial bailout of Irish Banks.

This weeks An Phoblacht has an excellent article in which Pádraig Mac Lochlainn supports Sinn Féin's action and Eoin Ó Broin opposes it.

Sinn Féin's decision to support the Credit Institutions Bill has caused a lot of headaches for Republicans, me included.

Where were the forced resignations of the bank directors, the very people responsible for this disaster? It's hardly surprising that Fianna Fail would not ask for such a thing.

Let's not forget that like Fianna Fail the entire political establishment and I include the banks here, never fall on their sword for mistakes.

Fianna Fail have bred a culture of irresponsibility where people do not take account for their actions, they get rewarded for their incompetence in fact.

It's my firm belief that the Bill acts in the Banks best interests as opposed to the national interests.

David McWilliams has an excellent article in last weekends Sunday Business Post in which he links the current financial rescue to that of Gresham’s law, it states that ‘‘bad money drives out good money’’.

It's all very well for Padraig to put forward a wish list after the fact. You don't buy a car and then try to haggle after you have paid the money.

I agree with Eoin when he argues that this bill does not address the causes of the current problem, in fact it may make things worst.

The Celtic Tiger was fed on a diet of low cost-high risk debt, something which was encouraged by Fianna Fail through their tax incentives for property developers.

Fianna Fail have taken credit for the Celtic Tiger, they must now also take the blame for the sour after taste.

In my view this Bill is reckless and Sinn Féin, even though they felt they were acting in the national interests, were wrong to support such a bill.

Red Army crush Celtic hearts

It was another excellent night for this Man Utd supporter as the Red Army hammered Celtic 3-0.

I'm sure Adelante will be in a bar somewhere licking his wounds as the reality now dawns, Celtic are out of the Champions league for another year.

If this match showed us anything it was the gulf that exists between the Scottish SPL and the Premiership.

Celtic were outplayed and outclassed all over the pitch; Rooney was fantastic and our defence in the form of Vidic and Evans were hardly ever troubled.

It's time Celtic returned to the second rate league with second rate teams.

Action must be taken now.

I see that yet another dastardly rape was carried out in Belfasts university area last night.

A woman in her 20’s was raped by a lone male at the junction of Agincourt Avenue and Ormeau Road. This latest grisly attack comes fresh on the heels of a similar rape in the Queens area just a few weeks previous. A few months previous a woman was raped in Canterbury Street also. God knows how many more have been committed but have not been reported. It appears to be an inexorable trend at the minute. The growing number of rape attacks is truly a sad indictment of society today.

I think that it is time to look at the growing problem of rape in this area. The problem indubitably emanates from the decision to house convicted sex offenders in the University area. The University area is hardly an apposite location for such animals. They are a very real danger to each and every female student living in the area.

Letting these barbaric animals within proximity to vulnerable females is just asking for trouble. Many female students are vulnerable, they have a drink too many, some are living away from home for the first time and irresponsibility sets in. Many young women are walking intoxicated and scantily clad around this area late at night. They are like lambs to the slaughter.

Predators prey on this type of thing. Housing rapists etc... in such an area is like letting a fat kid run free in a sweet shop. It simply defies logic and the whole situation must be reviewed and revised. These sick bastards should be housed somewhere else, preferably the Moon or the Sahara desert. It seems that the rationale behind housing these bastards here is that there are very few children. This may be relevant in relation to paedophiles, but for the rapist it is like Christmas come early. They are unleashed onto the easiest and most unsuspecting category of victims.

Action is needed swiftly before another female becomes another rape statistic. The trauma of rape will never subside, but surely this grim episode will provide the impetus for taking action to prevent another repeat of this horrendous attack.


To plump or not to plump?

I see that there has been much talk about the proposed UUP and TUV voting alliance come the next European election.

With a string of Unionists standing at the next election the possibility of the SDLP gaining the last seat is far from fantasy.


In one corner you will have Jim Allister, a man whose bigotry is matched only by his ego. As the leader of the TUV he must hope that those who are unhappy with the DUP will feel that Europe is a safe arena in which to deliver the DUP a bloody nose.

Then we will have the DUP candidate, it's hard to know who will drink from that poison chalice at the moment. I don't believe the rumour about Nigel Dodds being the candidate; Europe is political Siberia when it comes to future leaders in waiting.

I suspect that it may be someone like Dianne Dodds or Willie McCrea.

The UUP have already confirmed that womaniser Jim Nicholson will be their candidate.


Last year myself and few comrades where speculating about who the SDLP would stand and I argued that they would opt for Alban McGuinness.

Let's be honest, the SDLP are in serious trouble in North Belfast and Sinn Féin are making encroaches into the SDLP vote at each and every election.

This is a golden handshake for Alban more than a promotion.

UUP/SDLP....Who takes the seat?

The UUP are increasingly becoming the political whores of the 6 counties. They are courting anyone with a pulse, and even some without. First we had the PUP, then the Tories and now the political equivalent of flatearthers in the form of the TUV.

The problem for Unionism is that Allister will pull in a substantial vote in the European elections. I don't see him retaining his seat but he could gift one to the SDLP.

The moral dilemma will be on Republican shoulders come the next European election. I say this because I believe transfers may be crucial.

I have never transferred to anyone other than Sinn Féin candidates at election time. My animosity towards the SDLP is also well know, I would like to see them annihilated politically.

The only thing that is still intriguing me is what the psychological effect on Unionism might be should we have a second Nationalist/Republican elected to Europe.

How would they cope with their grouping being down to just one representative?

My loyalty has always been and will always be to the Republican project, the reunification of this country.

If I felt that a number 2 for a stoop, no matter how uncomfortable for me personally such an action might be, would advance that agenda I would have no option but to go with it.

The election is still some distance away but I still maintain that the chances of a SDLP success rest not upon their own work but upon the good graces of Republican voters.

So the age old voting mantra continues, to plump or not to plump? That is the question!


No Huns in Corrie!

It seems that Europe is not the only Hun-free zone these days. Apparently the cobbled streets of Whetherfield are short of a few Cream buns (no, not the type on sale in Roy’s Rolls).

It seems that the Cream Bun Lager Lout Brigade have got their Union jack, skid marked undies in a twist over Manchester again.

And what is the source of the outrage I hear you all ask. It seems the Buns are not too enamoured that suave businessman Tony Gordon, played by ardent Hoops fan Gray O’ Brien, is a Celtic fan.

The boys in blue are annoyed at some of the lines that have been scripted to reflect O’ Briens preference for The Grand Old Team. Mainly the issue appears to be that Tony said he had school boy trials with the Hoops and that he would have no more intention of bedding Rosie Webster than he would support The Forces of Darkness.

ITV has been inundated with angry phone calls from The Billy Boys. Such was the extent of their indignation that they had to re-script Wednesdays episode. O’Brien has conveyed his bemusement at the whole development.

It is ironic that this comes in the same week as Mine Fuhrers pleas for Cream Buns to tackle the ‘”bile” of sectarianism. He claims half of negative incidents are “self inflicted”. It appears that Mine Fuhrer has overlooked the fact that a prominent Cream Bun board member and QC was caught singing this bile a few years ago. Mine Fuhrer has now called for Cream Bun fans to police themselves. It’s a pity he did not make this request before last seasons Uefa Cup showdown in Manchester. Mind you the directors of Corrie are lucky it is not this year as Gordons Underworld factory would probably have been ransacked by furious Huns.

Mine Fuhrer seems to have overlooked the fact that the Cream Buns are much too busy watching Corrie and phoning ITV complaining to police themselves. I suppose now that The Cream Buns are no longer in Europe The Billy Boys have nothing better to do with their Tuesday and Wednesday nights!