It’s a bloody shame

I’m disappointed. Seriously, I am. I don’t deny that quarter of a million men and the same number of women signing  up to use force against Britain if it tried to pass a bill in its own parliament – that’s impressive. At once cocking a snook at the notion of Irish democracy  AND British democracy  in the one signature! Or rather half a million signatures.  But the thing that always impressed me was those guys who signed it in their own blood.  Eek. That’s like one of those gangster movies where the guy holds his hand over a naked flame to show how tough and impervious to pain he is.  And maybe you know someone who told you that his or her grandfather signed the Covenant in his own blood. I know when I did Whose Past Is It Anyway?, Ian Paisley Jr told me that his grandfather signed the Covenant in his own blood.

Except now it’s beginning to look like somebody’s been telling porky-pies. No vein-opening, no dipping in the nib to get a bit more of the red stuff. Except for one guy, according to Newsline 630 on BBC TV the other night. And his name wasn’t Paisley, it was Stafford or some such. (Thinks: maybe he was Ian’s maternal grandfather.) But even there, when the scientists did a test on that one signature, they declared there was only a 10% chance it was actual blood the chap used.  Very likely the lot of them went the conventional ink route.

Aggghh guuuuyyyss! You’re no fun. Ordinary ink – what wimps! And who know, maybe all that stuff about taking up arms against Mother Britain was all pretend as well. It could have been a huge bluff – there’s no way we’ll ever know. Because when the whistle was blown for the start of what would be the First World War, all the signees or a fair number of them went straight off to fight for the country that they’d just finished saying they’d fight against.  Could it all. Have been. A giant. Leg-pull?? Surely not. Think how silly that’d make the 30,000 marchers today look.

4 Responses to It’s a bloody shame

  1. truthrevisionist September 30, 2012 at 2:10 am #

    There may not have been any blood spilled signing the covenant, but there sure was plenty spilled in the fields of the Somme, all for a cabal of jewish bankers, that led these fools to the slaughterhouse. One hundred years on and they still don't get it. Guess you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him think.

  2. Ryanm29 September 30, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    Making someone think? In Ireland??? you must have been drinking.

  3. giordanobruno September 30, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

    Many thousands of catholics went off to fight with the hated English too. I suppose they were all unionists too.
    And yes fools, I suppose, though it shows little compassion to speak so dismissively of them.

  4. footballcliches October 1, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    I saw that Jude, thought it was interesting enough and of course, slightly funny as it does take away ever so slightly from the myth.

    As an aside, truthrevisionist, Jewish Bankers helped lead many men to WWI? Oh dear me. Unfortunately, men are stupid enough on their own to be led to war and do not require the influence of bankers of any denomination to kill one another.