So First Minister Robinson….apart from all that unpleasantness at the City Hall…how is your outreach to Catholics going?
I watched the council debate on a “stream” and I actually enjoyed it. The UUP looked right out of touch. Jim Rodgers, Bob Stoker and davey Browne looked and spoke like dinosaurs and even one of them (I think it was Stoker) managed to get in an old 1960s jibe about Catholics liking the half-crown but not being fussed on the Crown.
The DUP are a younger fresher looking bunch but scratch away the fresh coat of paint and the old bigotry remains. Ruth Patterson brought a tear to my eye (well actually she didnt) with that sob story about how her best friends were Catholic girls and when the Troubles broke out, they were not allowed to play with her.
Boo Hoo Cllr Patterson. I think thats what the unionist case boiled down to…….”half crown/crown” and “some of my best friends…”.
Meanwhile Robinson tells us……and some letsgetalongerists swallow it……that there is a whole lot of Catholics out there just ready to embrace the glorious union. Who does he think hes kidding.
Nationalism in Crisis? As a SDLP colleague put it on Twitter tonight….the evidence of our eyes is that Unionism is in crisis.
Have I mentioned the 1960s recently? Oh I have. Yes Divis Street Riots. Tonight we saw it all. Republicans effectively removing the British Flag.