Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Northern Ireland, George W. Bush, and Ian Paisley. The Strange Bedfellows Politics Throws Up

I think I best put this situation this way.
First of all I never thought I'd agree with George W. Bush over a Foreign policy initiative and secondly I never thought I'd agree with Ian Paisley, or for that matter Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness, over a stance taken by the Ulster Unionists which (whilst perhaps understandable) is not the way forward.
The Ulster Unionists are entitled to make such a decision, but most N.Ireland people are behind this imitative and to not do so shows a chink in a fragile armour that needs to strengthen if Northern Ireland is to have a future (irrespective of sovereignty) where it's communities are encouraged to live at peace with each other and in an atmosphere of mutual respect.
As it was, perhaps it was not wise for Bush to speak out, for dear of antagonizing the situation, but if he can be of genuine help then I don't see why we can't stop him!


Man in a Shed said...

I think you should trust your instincts on this.

It all looks wrong - and it is...

The people of Ulster are entitled to parties that challenge the consensus ( as is every other democratic part of the world ).

Since how the UUP voted didn't matter - you have to ask yourself what is really going on ?

Are the UUP giving the DUP a taste of their own medicine ? Probably - and who can blame them.

Was the George Bush thing cooked up by Labour to play further party politics with NI and embarrass David Cameron - very likely its just the sort of party before country stuff that New Labour is justly famed and despised for.

Its all very depressing. But then I'm one of the few people who thinks that the SDLP and UUP were sold down the river by Blair.

Paul Burgin said...

Apologies for the lateness in replying. Have got caught up with other things.
I agree that it's up to the Ulster Unionists, but N. Ireland is a unique political situation and is fragile in parts. Less fragile than it was ten years ago, but still fragile and we must work at this and I wouldn't feel so strongly about this particular issue if it wasn't for the fact that the maj of N.Irish people seem to agree with Sinn Fein and the DUP on this