Government is Good.
In the face of looming home repossessions it is worthwhile revisiting the thoughts of the late George Carlin on the matter. He looks at some possible solutions which the Dail is bound to consider. In a spirit of generosity it might drop the household charge and hand out crates and cartons instead.
As part of Human Rights Week the Ballymurphy Massacre Relatives Group has taken its case to Dail Eireann in Dublin. The body demands the truth behind the killings of 11 innocent people at the hands of the British state’s security forces in August 1971. As in Derry some months later, British paratroopers were the vicious trigger men who with the sure certainty of immunity slaughtered the innocent.
Gerry Adams the former MP for West Belfast, the constituency in which the massacre occurred, in this instance supports the call for truth.
Ballymurphy has had many victims about whom lies were told by those who gunned them down. One such person was unarmed father of four Joe O’Connor, shot dead by armed men in October 2000. At the time some reports were so brazen in their dishonesty, a reader could be forgiven for thinking O’Connor had killed himself. In that instance Mr Adams did not support the call for truth.
The dead man’s mother Margaret despite asking for truth got little but abuse and prevarication. Perhaps Mr Adams, now that truth is a new found passion, might spare her a thought, have a change of heart, and facilitate her family’s quest for truth at the same time as he supports the efforts of the Ballymurphy Massacre Group. Parity of esteem could settle for nothing less.
Song Song Blue
No Song Here. Progress of sorts in as far as it represents a change from No Pope Here. These days they only hate you if you are a musical Catholic.
The DUP has a new Gerry A in its sites, Anderson rather than Adams. Gregory Campbell has expressed outrage at Gerry Anderson having aired a song Weekend In Amsterdam by Christy Moore. There were some words in the Moore lyrics that offended the moral majority. The thought of somebody enjoying a weekend in the Dutch capital would enrage them. Louis Mencken once defined puritanism as 'the haunting fear that someone, somehwere, may be happy.' He need look no further than Gregory Campbell to have that confirmed.
There must be many people in the North who far from wanting the BBC to apologise to them nevertheless might feel the Corporation should apologise for having apologised in the first place. They endorse Gerry Anderson and reject the self appointed committees for public decency.
More verses from Moore and less from Moses.