May 5, 2009
Colin Duffy, dissident republican and the man accused of the Massarene Murders, is thought to be considering standing for the upcoming European elections, held in a month’s time
Those surrounding Duffy
claim there is a 50/50 chance of him standing. I’ve thought about it, and actually I’m in favour of such a move.
Obviously recent actions of so-called dissident republicans are absolutely repulsive, and I wouldn’t support him as a candidate.
Yet if he runs, it’s an opportunity to expose the lack of support dissident republicans have. It’s one thing to say they only have under 200 members, who if discovered are prone to police questioning, and potential imprisonment. It’s another thing to say that a small percentage of the nationalist community supported them in a secret ballot.
Of course, it’s just speculation that they would get hardly any of the vote. Duffy might present an option for dissatisfied nationalists in the same way Jim Allister presents an option for dissatisfied unionists (oh how he would despair at the link!). If so, if a sizeable number of nationalists are so dissatisfied with the SF leadership that they would vote for active terrorists, then we will see just how deeply mired in our past we are.
And lastly, finances. The dissidents are not well financed, and do not have anywhere near the resources the Provisionals had throughout the Troubles. So if they spend a significant lump of the money they have on electioneering and not on weapons and training, then bring it on.
January 30, 2009
So, there is quite a ruckus going on at the minute over the head of the Eames-Bradley report, which among other things has called for families of all those killed during the troubles to be given £12,000. Frankly I find the whole ‘recognition payments’ thing rather foolish. It has overshadowed other good ideas that come out of the report completely. It has opened up wounds of pain that it seeks to heal, as many families feel bitter at the ‘one size fits all approach’ (e.g. The families of the nine people killed in the Shankill Road bomb will receive the same amount as the family of Thomas Begley, who died carrying out the attack when the bomb exploded prematurely). And it also attempts to put a price on life. Is £12,000 too much? Is it not enough? Is money really the compensation that these grieving families want?
Apparently the monetary value of the minerals and skin that compose our bodies amounts to around £3.00. Now that seems a petty amount, and a price that completely devalues me as a person. So £12,000? It’s a considerable amount more, it’s a yearly wage, but I still think I’m worth more than that. Ask any of those families who lost a loved one during the troubles if they would pay £12,000 to have them back, and they would in an instant. Life does not have a monetary value.
The Bible tells us in the book of Genesis that we are created in God’s own image. If God who made the vastness of the universe, saw fit to create me in his image, as a being who loves relationships, who laughs, who cries, who feels love and pain, then surely that gives me much greater worth than any monetary valuation?