Anthony McIntyre She had the chance to modernise unionism but at the turning point failed to turn.

She had the opportunity to transform consent from a wooden altar which nationalists should genuflect at into an active mutually embracive concept. She squandered it. 

Arleen Foster’s career as First Minister can be summed up in two words - abject failure, a political pigmy towered over by the late David Trimble and Peter Robinson. 

Make a balls of something, just refer to it as an Arleen. It is as suitable as cock-up or faux pas.

In large part the disarray that unionism always risked facing was accelerated greatly by Foster’s ineptitude. When she replaced the much more wily Peter Robinson as party leader and First Minister, it might have looked to the wider public that she was taking over the DUP. In truth the DUP took over her: a dummy on the knee of a modern incarnation of the Know Nothing Party. Her only success was to secure her lack of success without being a creationist crackpot in a party that was embarrassingly not embarrassed to elect one as its leader to replace her. 

Her comments this week about the need for legislation to prevent the ‘lauding of terrorists’ confirmed that the one-eyed syndrome that has so afflicted her, curbing her ability to see beyond the walls of the No Surrender laager, still has her in its grip.  

She is entitled to feel annoyed by people cheering the IRA, slightly worse for wear or not, while partying at the the Ulster Fleadh in Co Tyrone last weekend. The organisation did try to kill her father, leaving her traumatised. She lashed out at Sinn Fein for not having publicly rebuked the revellers, spurred on no doubt by the party's TD David Cullinane having rowed back from his own rendering of Up The Ra. Her one, eye burning with incandescent rage, led her to pontificate:

it is my belief that until legislation is introduced to prevent the lauding of terrorists then the deification of murderers will continue and with it the corruption of yet another generation . . .  If our young people think that lauding murderers, whatever the cause, is okay and great fun then society in Northern Ireland is in serious trouble. 

Well, tickle my tits 'til Friday.

Will this proposed legislation be used to prohibit public displays of support for the murderers of the Parachute Regiment such as mass killer of unarmed civilians, Dave Cleary, AKA Soldier F? Foster was so taken by one young lauder of terrorism that she welcomed him as a new councillor to her party.  From what I can tell nobody at the fleadh was lauding the IRA for slaughtering the innocent. Yet here we had Dean McCullough deifying the mass killer Cleary as a "gallant veteran" and his fellow killers as “brave and professional paratroopers (who) should be given a medal’ for the atrocities they perpetrated on Bloody Sunday.

Come again Arleen about the serious trouble brewing for society when people laud murderers. 

"These young people don’t see IRA members as criminal murderers." No they don't, and there should be no great surprise about it: much as Foster does not see the torturers, the colluders, the killers in the service of the state as criminal murderers. But that is what membership for life in the one eyed tribe brings you. 

Until Foster unequivocally states that the legislation she calls for should apply without fear or favour to those cheerleaders for the terrorists who perpetrated state massacre, one of whom she is on record as welcoming as "an excellent representative for the Castle DEA," she should be sent packing for waffling jabberwocky out her jacksie. 

⏩ Follow on Twitter @AnthonyMcIntyre.

One-Eyed Arleen

Anthony McIntyre She had the chance to modernise unionism but at the turning point failed to turn.

She had the opportunity to transform consent from a wooden altar which nationalists should genuflect at into an active mutually embracive concept. She squandered it. 

Arleen Foster’s career as First Minister can be summed up in two words - abject failure, a political pigmy towered over by the late David Trimble and Peter Robinson. 

Make a balls of something, just refer to it as an Arleen. It is as suitable as cock-up or faux pas.

In large part the disarray that unionism always risked facing was accelerated greatly by Foster’s ineptitude. When she replaced the much more wily Peter Robinson as party leader and First Minister, it might have looked to the wider public that she was taking over the DUP. In truth the DUP took over her: a dummy on the knee of a modern incarnation of the Know Nothing Party. Her only success was to secure her lack of success without being a creationist crackpot in a party that was embarrassingly not embarrassed to elect one as its leader to replace her. 

Her comments this week about the need for legislation to prevent the ‘lauding of terrorists’ confirmed that the one-eyed syndrome that has so afflicted her, curbing her ability to see beyond the walls of the No Surrender laager, still has her in its grip.  

She is entitled to feel annoyed by people cheering the IRA, slightly worse for wear or not, while partying at the the Ulster Fleadh in Co Tyrone last weekend. The organisation did try to kill her father, leaving her traumatised. She lashed out at Sinn Fein for not having publicly rebuked the revellers, spurred on no doubt by the party's TD David Cullinane having rowed back from his own rendering of Up The Ra. Her one, eye burning with incandescent rage, led her to pontificate:

it is my belief that until legislation is introduced to prevent the lauding of terrorists then the deification of murderers will continue and with it the corruption of yet another generation . . .  If our young people think that lauding murderers, whatever the cause, is okay and great fun then society in Northern Ireland is in serious trouble. 

Well, tickle my tits 'til Friday.

Will this proposed legislation be used to prohibit public displays of support for the murderers of the Parachute Regiment such as mass killer of unarmed civilians, Dave Cleary, AKA Soldier F? Foster was so taken by one young lauder of terrorism that she welcomed him as a new councillor to her party.  From what I can tell nobody at the fleadh was lauding the IRA for slaughtering the innocent. Yet here we had Dean McCullough deifying the mass killer Cleary as a "gallant veteran" and his fellow killers as “brave and professional paratroopers (who) should be given a medal’ for the atrocities they perpetrated on Bloody Sunday.

Come again Arleen about the serious trouble brewing for society when people laud murderers. 

"These young people don’t see IRA members as criminal murderers." No they don't, and there should be no great surprise about it: much as Foster does not see the torturers, the colluders, the killers in the service of the state as criminal murderers. But that is what membership for life in the one eyed tribe brings you. 

Until Foster unequivocally states that the legislation she calls for should apply without fear or favour to those cheerleaders for the terrorists who perpetrated state massacre, one of whom she is on record as welcoming as "an excellent representative for the Castle DEA," she should be sent packing for waffling jabberwocky out her jacksie. 

⏩ Follow on Twitter @AnthonyMcIntyre.

5 comments:

  1. Would Arlene's proposed legislation apply to those who sang about the murder of Michaela McAreavey?

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    1. I think she would be happy with that - it is the state actors she seems to want to protect rather than the drunken Orangeman.

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  2. Ultimately Arlene's proposal is unenforceable in the context of crowds and would be genuinely bad law.

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  3. What Ms Foster is calling for would represent a move towards free speech in Scotland. (At football games anyway.)

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  4. Haha to this day these eejits don't get it.
    We'll wear no convicts uniform, nor meekly serve our time.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tO1xk-HlSWI

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