Thursday, 19 November 2015

Themselves Alone

It looks as if concessions have been made to the DUP at Stormont in order to change the votes of their MPs at Westminster, especially on Syria.

Meanwhile, Sinn Féin has given up all pretence to be anti-austerity, and has handed welfare policy back to Westminster in the process. Dissident Republicans have noticed, especially the Irish Republican Socialist Party.

The IRSP is really the INLA, which recently staged a very considerable show of strength at a funeral in Derry City, of a kind that had not been seen anywhere in Northern Ireland in decades, and which featured dozens of very young uniformed marchers. By contrast, it is probably now impossible to join the Provisional IRA.

Austerity is a political choice. And cuts cost lives, indeed.


  1. You pay more attention to Northern Irish affairs than any other commentator in Great Britain, you are invaluable.