Jim’ll fix them

 

Jim Allister

Jim’s on the warpath again.  It seems there was a ‘commemoration and celebration event’ held in the Whiterock Leisure Centre by ‘Remember our Volunteers Committee’. Jim didn’t like that. For all sorts of reasons. He didn’t mention that there are elections coming up next month and all politicians want to highlight what champions they are for their side.

And so Jim is furious about the Whiterock commemorative event. It was, Jim figures, “a terrorist” event. Oh dear. That’s not quite how the people of the Whiterock area and West Belfast generally see those IRA men and women who were killed.Far from being scum or terrorists, they see them as Irish patriots. If we’re going to talk about a shared future, it’ll have to include acceptance that your vision of the past isn’t one shared by everyone else.

But it’s not just the event which Jim objects to. It’s having it held in a public leisure facility. So maybe Jim would have been happy enough for it it to be held somewhere else? Casement Park, for example? Or a parade through Belfast City Centre? And Jim notes the event ‘allowed the consumption of alcohol’. Is he joining Ian Paisley in rejecting the Devil’s buttermilk?

Anyway, he’s going to ask Belfast City Council why a civic community facility “came to be used for paramilitary displays and commemoration of terrorists”. Well you know Jim, Belfast City Hall is pretty well awash with commemorative plaques and paintings and statues that link to and commemorate military events. Not to mention the 2,000+ marches every year commemorating military battles. At public expense. Speaking of which, policing the Twaddell Avenue protest cost well over £7 million two months ago. Anybody know what it is now? And of course that comes from the public purse too. The Whiterock event is a drop in the swimming pool compared to that. So as a champion of savings for the public, go to it, Jim. Let’s hear it for the multi-million expense of Twaddell.

Finally, it seems the leader of the TUV was offended by the terrorist imagery at the Whiterock commemoration, including some specially painted for the event, flags of proscribed organisations and replica weapons. That’d be replica IRA weapons. The IRA which has gone away, you know, Jim. Unlike the UVF during the East Belfast flag protest and unlike the UDA Larne assault on several houses in that town the other day. I expect any time now we’ll hear Jim express his revulsion at the continuing existence of two loyalist paramilitary outfits that were supposed to have folded about fifteen years ago. Won’t we?

23 Responses to Jim’ll fix them

  1. Iolar April 1, 2014 at 9:53 am #

    Another example of a politician busy doing nothing to challenge more relevant issues such as poverty, deprivation, unemployment and racism.

  2. madadh mór April 1, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    No, I don’t think it’s fair to say that Jim is behaving like this because an election is coming. Jim is like this all the time. Only one view of history is acceptable and it is not the Irish view.

    • Larry Murphy April 2, 2014 at 11:18 am #

      Exactly – Jim is an obnoxious bigot – I repeat my father’s quote “They have been to Colleges, Universities and Seminaries, but no amount of education can eradicate inherited ignorance.”

  3. neill April 1, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    Just as soon I imagine as you express your digust at Reublican violence and criminality…..

  4. giordanobruno April 1, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    Jude
    The vixenswithconvictions website sums it up fairly well for me
    “Up da Provies?” Hardly the stuff of Unionist Engagement.”

    • Jude Collins April 1, 2014 at 11:26 am #

      Quite. Mind you, I’d still rather face an IRA replica rifle than a real UVF or UDA one…

  5. paul April 1, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    Let me see… DUP councilor posts about a wish that SF leadership would be wiped out in castlederg…No censure or discipline. PUP Hutchinson says hos killing of two catholics helped prevent a united Ireland…No censure or discipline. Walls of Silence from Robinson, campbell, Poots, Donaldson … This is no surprise to me. I would love to be able to ask RObinson about his sortie into Clontibret, or his relation to the Third Force.Where is the outrage over the activitiesof the Glennane gang.? TUV, PUP, DUP they clearly draw a line. All republicans(catholics???) are bad and deserved what they got. , meanwhile as you stated, UVF have not decomissioned and the UDA is in the news again. THEY haven’t gone away you know, JIm. Jim..??? Jim???

  6. Michael Goodman April 1, 2014 at 11:08 am #

    Giordanobruno,

    When do you think we might see some nationalist outreach from Unionism? Or is that what the flags and parades are about? Just curious.

    • NorthMunsterman April 1, 2014 at 12:29 pm #

      Michael G :

      There will be a Nationalist majority by 2018 – and a Nationalist electoral majority by the mid-2020’s – which will be a major game-changer.
      I suspect we may see some Unionist “engagement” and “outreach” at that stage – but time will definitely tell.

      • daniel moran April 2, 2014 at 3:15 pm #

        Northmunsterman; The weekend rampasge by UDA in Larne and lack of response from unionist politicians to it, is easily explained. There’s no way the UDA/UVF will face complaints about anything they do because those parties know the flip over in the demographic timetable means they need their proxies to be still around when Belfast council turns into a nationalist majority and they [Robinson and Nesbitt proved that over the leaflets stunt prior to the vote in Belfast council on the 365 UJ on CH. It was an attempt at intimidating councillors from applying effect to preserve unionist representation in emblems in councils all over the colony. This will carry over into the point where nationalists comntrol all the largest councils. This place will be awash with Robbo’s henchmen in the UDA especially after Scots exit from UK as a warning to London not to get ideas about leaving here.

    • giordanobruno April 1, 2014 at 4:26 pm #

      Michael
      A good question, which as I’m not a Unionist I can’t really answer for you. I would say the Unionist politicians are playing catch up in the outreach game, though it is only a game at present, by both sides, being played for propaganda and votes.
      What depresses me though is that SF supporters cannot man up and say this kind of thing is not good for our communities.
      Do it because it is right never mind what Unionist/Loyalist groups are doing.
      It’s always the same answer;
      “Whatabout what themmuns are doing?” typified by several replies here, including Jude’s, and I’m afraid, your own.

  7. Brian Patterson April 1, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

    I am not comfortable with dressing children up as soldiers. Or wit the BA recruiting in schools. Child soldiering is wrong. Period.

    • Jude Collins April 2, 2014 at 5:01 pm #

      How about the Boys’ Brigade? Sounds like paramilitary overtones there…

      • ben madigan April 3, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

        indeed Jude. I researched at one point (but never published on my blog) the background of the protestant working class – from organisations like the Boys Brigade (which to be admitted is infinitely better than any paramilitary organisation, no comparison whatsoever) to regimented school photos,
        They were inculcated with “military” regimentation from an early age.
        And then subjected to paramilitarism, which no surprise, they embraced whole-heartedly.
        I felt so sorry for them.
        Not knowing anything different, no wonder they are doing so badly at school – which i did post about.
        they’ve still a long way to go, babes!!

  8. paddykool April 1, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    Jude : It is a curious world we live in here… An armed gang of up to a hundred nazi gangsters run amok in a small town Shades of Hitler’s rise to power…..They wreck the place , intimidate some of the citizens , completely hammer a car , smash windows…etc. etc. and it’s almost taken for granted.

    Imagine something similar taking place in a small town in England or Wales. I don’t believe our little incident made it to the television stations across the water. If anything our media and politicians virtually ignored the fact that there is a rampant gang of blackshirts on the loose.
    It appeared for a couple of minutes on the local news and the police have decided to send in more officers to bolt the stable doors and hang about as you do.

    How can we miss 100 criminals galloping about the place? The response from our politicians and commentators verges on the absurd. They’re still worrying about all the wrong things.

    Don’t get me wrong ,I’d prefer there were no commemorations of any kind from both communities. I don’t think it’ll get us out of this divided mess anytime soon. I don’t think it’ll encourage community relations nor make a United community , never mind a United Ireland or a united Britain any closer or achievable.
    The same goes for naming parks and such- like after dubious”heroes” of either stripe. To me that’s as bad as putting a statue of someone as divisive as Maggie Thatcher up in Trafalgar Square , only for any passing miner to want to spit or vomit on it. By now we must know what is offensive in a shared community. As time goes on we get less like Britain currently is and for all the wrong reasons.

    While the first gay britons in England were cheerfully marrying legally for the first time in legal history, on that same Lord’s Day, our own british and {I assume} protestant fellows were drinking , wrecking and burning the place down as a matter of course. Nobody knows why, at the moment, apparently,and i’m sure it’ll all make sense to somebody sometime soon .Some pundit will postulate some bumpf and there ‘ll be talk of more police etc….but am I missing something here?..

  9. ANOTHER JUDE April 1, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

    Jim has form of course, his loathing of all things Nationalist/Republican is well known. Remember his bizarre tirade at Peter Punt about selling land to `Republicans`? He has used victims to bolster his sectarian politics, his championing of Anne Travers being a case in point. Jim is old school, he is a bitter and twisted dinosaur, once a buddy of Big Ian he is like an abandoned child, yearning for the days he could stand with the other big boys, promising to Smash Sinn Féin`. That went well didn`t it?

  10. giordanobruno April 2, 2014 at 7:06 am #

    Reluctant as I am to defend Jim Allister,here is his statement in the Assembly;
    “I join absolutely in condemning the outright thuggery — indeed, the vicious thuggery and criminality — that was visited on families in Larne this weekend. As has been said, sadly, it has not been an isolated incident. Our thoughts are with those who suffered and were injured, and our thoughts are very much in the domain that we hope that the perpetrators will be hunted down and made accountable under the criminal justice system, because that is the fundamental bedrock upon which any society should and must exist. If there are those who think that they have some sort of mandate for the lawlessness that they visited on Larne last night, they have an opportunity in a couple of months — on 22 May — to demonstrate whether they have a mandate or not. I venture to believe that they will neither test it nor anything else because they know that they have no mandate for this sort of activity. So I utterly condemn that.”
    Clearly he would rather talk about the provofest in Whiterock, but nonetheless there it is.

    • Jude Collins April 2, 2014 at 11:51 am #

      Fair point, Gio. It’s good that at least one unionist politician has the guts to condemn this incident. It’s also curious that the police wouldn’t have noticed the gathering of around 100 men until it was too late.

      • giordanobruno April 2, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

        Jude
        I think other Unionists have spoken against it which is fair enough,provided they are unequivocal and don’t try to offer any excuses for the inexcusable.
        There must be some questions to be asked of the police about arrests and why no roadblocks were set up. Though it was clearly a difficult and dangerous situation to manage.

  11. ANOTHER JUDE April 2, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    Jim and his fellow Unionist politicians have to be careful where the UDA/UVF are concerned, let`s face it, SOMEONE has to provide the muscle when they feel the need to indulge in a little sedition. Which, this place being the basket case it is, could be any time.

  12. Antonio April 2, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    Does anybody here envisage criminal convictions for the perpetrators of the Larne attack?

    • ben madigan April 3, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

      do you really. really want an honest reply??

      • Antonio April 3, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

        loyalists paramilitaries have been getting away with murder (literally on about 40 occasions) since their ‘ceasefire’ while there are drones out monitoring dissidents.

        Be careful how loud you say this however as the great and the good will whip out their whataboutery card and wave it in your face.

        Or they may say ”so you support the dissidents then?” erm no