Saoradh pours scorn on PSNI and Sinn Fein claims that the nationalist party is under threat from armed republicans.
For over two decades now the use of phantom threats by Sinn Féin to distract and deflect from policy changes, the abandonment of ideological principle and political mistakes and miscalculations has become a tried and tested tactic. Likewise, they have often been used in the run up to elections in order to garner sympathy, galvanise their membership and/or distract from unfulfilled promises from previous campaigns. The past few days have seen the phantom threat utilised yet again. There are several reasons for this.
Firstly, there is an onus on Sinn Féin to further distance themselves from their revolutionary past. Ironically this pressure emanates from parties that Sinn Féin now seek to emulate, those that the party has spent months and years begging for a seat at the establishment table. What better way to do so than by pretending to be at risk of attack from those upholding the revolutionary tradition that they have abandoned?
Secondly, several Sinn Féin members have made it known to Saoradh that both Michelle O’Neill and Gerry Kelly have faced internal criticism over their recent Crown Force recruitment attempts. This was voiced at their “Cuige” meeting at the weekend in Belfast, and also behind closed doors at what the party terms “Republican family meetings”. What better way to pull these members back into line than by suggesting they are somehow empowering those who seek to attack their own leadership?
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