Tuesday, January 30, 2007


It's democracy...but is it fair?

I note that British PM Tony Blair has confirmed an assembly election is to take place on the 7th of March after meeting Taoiseach Bertie Ahern at Downing Street today.

Blair said that there was "a tremendous yearning now for this process to reach its proper completion" and said the election could be "the start of a completely different future for the people of Northern Ireland".

The Taoiseach said Mr Blair was "convinced", from his talks with DUP leader Ian Paisley, that it was ready to take part in a power-sharing executive, adding: "I accept that."

In a joint statement the two Prime Ministers stated:

"Our purpose now is to ensure that Northern Ireland can build on all of these positive developments through the restoration of shared, accountable government committed to serving all of the people."

Fine words. But let's get real here - this election is one big joke.

So after Sinn Féin have committed to policing, after the DUP have claimed they have achieved what unionists have long sought, after the IMC report has found the IRA are being good boys, the decision is made...hey let's have an election!

You really have to feel for the SDLP, the UUP and the other parties. The March 7th election is a farce designed to consolidate the power of Sinn Féin and the DUP.

The sympathy vote?

It's democracy alright and yes the people have a choice but the timing of this whole thing is sad.

Sinn Féin and the DUP are the key players in determining whether or not devolution can even be restored to Ireland's north. The role of the other parties is to sit tight, keep schtum and let the big boys get their way.

So do your duty people of the North! Vote for the tribe you prefer the most!

And round and round we go.


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