Who said unionists don’t have a sense of irony?


News reaches us from Stormont that Danny Kennedy, Newry/Armagh MLA and deputy leader of the Official Unionists, is concerned that hate-mongers may exploit the Twelfth festivities. Stop laughing at the back. Danny is of course referring to a proposed recruitment drive by the BNP. Given that the North currently has the highest rate of racist attacks in the ‘UK’, one would think they have fertile ground to work with.

Danny, however, is intent on keeping them out. “I have said to them that this isn’t the kind of imported hate-mongering that we want or need in Northern Ireland”, he says, and quite right, too. We can do hate-mongering quite competently ourselves. This reminds me of the way, during the Drumcree crisis, the Sunday People would run regular scare stories about Combat 18 coming to Drumcree. The presence of King Rat and assorted characters much scarier than C18, passed them by entirely.

Rud eile: Grizzly and Chief Constable Sir Hugh Orde meeting the proletariat of Ballymurphy last night. Having gone into government with the DUP, Gerry is now faced with the much trickier job of sorting out the Devlins and the Notarantonios.


  1. ejh said,

    July 4, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    What’s with the mannequins on the right?

  2. splinteredsunrise said,

    July 5, 2007 at 7:39 am

    I have no idea…

  3. Ciarán said,

    July 5, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    I think WordPress is giving avatars to all of the users on its network (and splintered seems to have chosen Jubilee).

    The BNP and WNP have both spoke of organising in the six counties before, and they’ve made some effort in the past, but there’s no hope of them making any real inroads. It’s like in the 30s where the point was made that the statelet wouldn’t need its own version of the Blackshirts or Blueshirts because it already had the Orange Order and Ulster Protestant League running around anyway.

  4. splinteredsunrise said,

    July 6, 2007 at 7:35 am

    Well spotted – I thought of Baron Zemo but then thought better of it.

    Yes, the NF managed to recruit lots of youth in East Belfast in the ’80s, but that never amounted to much. The more serious hoods just graduated into the UDA.

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