Guest writer Tony O'Hara with his thoughts on why a former Provisional IRA chief of staff, ostensibly committed to expelling the British state from Ireland, should end up toasting the British Queen while politically deferring to her government's authority.
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Now that it has actually happened, and a former IRA Chief of Staff, Martin Mc Guinness has shook hands with and, toasted Queen Lizzie, and hung out with her Nazi loving Hubby, the hullabaloo will die down after a few weeks. But in thinking about the reasons for the above, and reading his explanation about reconciliation between everyone, it just didn't sit right with me. Things happen for a reason, and especially in politics. So I wondered what is the real motive?
It’s obvious as they try to become bigger and better than Fianna Fail and Fianna Gael, the visit will appeal to the Royalist (West Brit) electorate that have never left the Pale. It will also elevate him as a Statesman - doing no harm if he is to run again to be Irish President.
But let me offer two other possibilities.
- Is it paving way for SF to take their seats in Westminster?
Or the more sinister one
- To have Ireland rejoining the Commonwealth?
This thinking has never gone away. And even now it’s being cited in articles in the Irish Independent. They could sell it to the Irish people as a faster way to a united Ireland. All it would take is for the Government of Ireland Act, 1920 to be abolished and we would be united again with the Queen as our head. We would still keep the President of course as a window dressing of our sovereignty. And I dare say the Unionists would love this. And it would just take a few other parties to agree - and the sell ice to the Eskimo's campaign to push this through would begin. I sincerely hope I am wrong.
- Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth - Mahatma Gandhi