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Protest? You're Having A Laugh

Michael Benson • 10 February 2005

So, the Peace Process is in crisis. So what? We've heard it all before and it has become a bore. Sabre rattling, indignation and victimhood from the Sinners. And the same from the Irish and British Governments. But as a Republican it's the Sinners who really get me. Have these people no shame, no principles and no honesty? They led, or drove, the Republican Movement down the road of constitutional politics and now complain when their constitutional allies have turned on them. You can't have it both ways, boys.

At a meeting last weekend in Co. Derry, Gerry Kelly called for protests across the 6 counties, calling it 'Democratic resistance'. Is Gerry having a laugh? The Sinners led us down a cul de sac from which the only escape is further humiliation and now they want the people out on the streets protesting. Not on your life, Gerry, or perhaps more importantly, not on my life. Did you consult the people when you embarked on your quest for respectability? Did you inform the people as you negotiated behind their backs? Did you ask the people what they thought of you decommissioning the weapons entrusted to you to prosecute a war? You did none of these things. You lied and continue to lie. You tell us you have a strategy but you do not tell us what it is. And when things go wrong you blame it on "spooks, spies and securocrats". Well, Gerry, those are the very same people that you and your comrade Martin began your negotiations with. You did not begin your talks with politicians but with the "spooks" from M16 so please don't tell us these are all bad guys.

The leadership of the Republican Movement has been in place for a generation and have had control of this Peace Process for over 15 years. Are we nearer a Republic? Are we on the road to a Republic? In fact we are farther away from that Republic, this stable state, than ever. The leadership agreed to the Unionist veto. They campaigned to have Articles 2 and 3 removed. They negotiated away all the gains made by political prisoners over many years. They are an abject failure as Republicans. But not in a hundred years will they ever see that. To paraphrase what used to be said about an old jail friend of mine………."if they were a Mars bar, they'd eat themselves".

So, Gerry and Martin and Gerry Adams and Pat Doherty. And the latest Oglachs, Catríona, Bairbre and Mary Lou. If there is any street protesting to be done in the coming weeks, get you out and get protesting. Me and mine will be staying at home.



















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14 February 2005

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'Law and Order' From Behind a Balaclava
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Where Are the Guards of Honour?
Sean Magee

Losing Hearts and Minds
Mick Hall

Protest? You're Having a Laugh
Michael Benson

Brian Mór

When A Leader Deserts His Men
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No News
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Sean Russell and the Nazis
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Counting the Bodies
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Elections' Aftermath
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What did Aeschylus write in "Daughters of Danaus"?
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