Spare a thought for the leader of the Traditional Unionist Voice, Jim Allister.
Having left the DUP following the St. Andrews agreement, which he maintained was a “u” turn by them after they promised not to go into government with terrorists, he is now scratching his head as he watches Peter Robinson and Martin McGuiness stand shoulder to shoulder condemning the terrorists.
The head-scratching becomes more furious as he reads that unionist supporters are praising Martin McGuiness. Shock horror, one unionist supporter even said he was proud of Mr. McGuinness. They have not only forgiven the godfather of yesterday’s terror, they have made him into a hero. Can this really be part of God’s plan?
Not surprisingly, the TUV is doing its utmost to persuade potential supporters that there is no difference (in terms of evil wrong-doing) between what has just happened and what happened in the past.
“the murder of David Johnston by the IRA in June 1997 was just as wrong as these recent killings. This is a point which Martin McGuinness will not be making”
One political point which the TUV is trying to exploit is Sinn Fein’s opposition to the stepping up of security with the use of the Army. Jim Allister says this
“Sadly, I fear, the political expediency of not offending IRA/Sinn Fein sensitivities will fetter such an essential response and, therefore, more brave policemen and soldiers will be sacrificed.”
That point is slightly inaccurate. There probably will be more murders but that will have been nothing to do with Sinn Fein’s opposition to the use of troops. Sinn Fein does not make any decisions on security. So long as that remains the case, Sinn Fein’s anomalous view of security is unlikely to have any political impact.
Whatever happened to the puritanical protestant community? It is still there but it has now become much more adaptable. Political views have been reconciled with moral consciousness. There are now very few who have not come to terms with the trade off that was necessary to obtain peace.
Most DUP supporters are quite content to draw the line under the distinction that today, Martin McGuinness and Sinn Fein are no longer part of an organisation which conducts terror. As long as no evidence turns up to the contrary, Jim Allister and the TUV will not be able to gain any political capital out of the recent atrocities.
Filed under: DUP, Jim Allister, Martin McGuiness, Morality, Politics and Morality, Security, Sinn Fein, St. Andrews agreement, TUV Tagged: | Conservative Party, DUP, IRA, Jim Allister, Martin McGuiness, Morality, Northern Ireland politics, Politics and Morality, Power Sharing, Security, Sinn Fein, St. Andrews agreement, terrorism, TUV, Unionism