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Boycott Undemocratic Elections
Andy Martin, 32 County Sovereignty Movement • 19.11.03

The up and coming election should be boycotted by all republicans on the basis that it is another attempt to make the unworkable work and normalise the abnormal. A cursory glance at the history of the agreement and the Stormont parliament should be enough to convince even the most optimistic that the assembly has failed. Any attempt to revive the assembly will ultimately end in the same failure because the agreement does not recognise the root cause of all Irelands ills, the refusal of Britain to respect Irelands right to self-determination and the sovereignty declared by the vast majority of its people in the last all Ireland elections. If Britain cannot accept the fundamental tenets of democracy, such as majority rule and the rights of a people to national self-determination without external interference, can we really be surprised when they collapse their own undemocratic institutions when it suits them.

Much has been made of the fact that the GFA received a majority yes vote across the island albeit in two jurisdictions, and despite the fact that two different questions were being asked in the two jurisdictions and that one jurisdiction had the power of veto over the other. Even by the most liberal of reading this cannot seriously be called democracy, unfortunately the British, American and the 26 County governments have managed to convince a majority of people that this is democracy, as if they would know given their own track records.

The main reason for the token gesture on the 26th of November is to convince people that they somehow have a say in what happens next in the six counties and that the constitutional position of the north of Ireland is still up for grabs. In Sinn Fein’s pre-election spiel there is the usual spin about cross border institutions creating a “Dynamic” that will ultimately lead to a united Ireland neglecting to point out, as Michael Mc Gimpsey subsequently did that the unionists have a power of veto of any future cross-border institutions. The reality of the Agreement is that Unionism is still the dominant force in politics in the north no-matter how many nationalist candidates are elected, if unionism does not like what it sees then it will collapse the institutions and direct ‘British’ rule will be restored. For unionism it is a case of “heads I win, tails you lose”

The 32 County Sovereignty Movement is calling for a total boycott of next week’s election on the grounds that participation at any level is adding credence to the fallacy that democracy exists in Ireland in any shape or form. The Irish people need to reassert the fact that they declared a sovereign nation and that any attempt to interfere with that sovereignty is not only undemocratic but is illegal in international law and flouts conventional wisdom. It is time for republicans to realise that you cannot legitimise the illegitimate or reform the irreformable. It is time to build the republican alternative to the failed politics of the Good Friday Agreement.















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