March 2005

I’ve been neglecting this thing again. [embarrassed]

This is ‘cos I’m still dial up. What a f***ing pain in the ar*se this is.

I’m waiting on the broadband man coming but they’re not due till next week. It’s unbelievable the time that’s lost with dial up. I spend most of the time tweaking this Blogshite instead of getting my thoughts down on record. Once I get broadband then hopefully it will improve my on-line experience and I’ll be able to give this stuff a bit more efficient attention.

Anyway.. I was discussing the situation in Scottish politics with peeps about whether or not the SSP is behind the ideal of a “united socialist republic.”

I’ll tell yis somthin’ fir nut’tin’ I personally don’t give a midnight fart for a “socialist republic” ‘cos I think the political make up and identity of Ireland should be decided by the Irish and no one else. It’s as simple as that. When I live in Ireland, then and only then will I have a right to pontificate about people’s political systems in the mother land.

On the other hand I’m a socialist or at least I like to think that I am. It would be pleasing if the Irish could provide a living example of a workable socialist republic, united and free. But here’s the thing. If we have democracy then we have the conduit for change. You can never please all of the people all of the time. So socialism can never be permanently enshrined in any system. As we have seen in the USSR it also can be rebelled against in an undemocratic system.

All we can do is vote for the party that most expresses our views and hope it works.

I think If people are unhappy with the choice thats on offer in an election then they should have the option to actively vote “none of the above.” Simply not voting is counter productive in my view ‘cos anyone that doesn’t vote is, in effect voting for the status quo.

A great parody for those that don’t for “principle” to consider.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the shooting dead of 19 Yr old Arthur Leonard by the B Spesh in 1955. He was from Clady Nr Armagh City and was travelling from Keady to the nearby village of Darkley after a night out. He was with three people that night, Peter McKernahan (18), Alice Mallon (15) and her sister Clare Mallon (16). They all escaped.

Clare Mallon suffered Knee injuries. An inquest returned an open verdict. At the inquest an 18 Yr old B Spesh was identified as the individual who fired the shot. This Murder coincided with the mobilisation of the RUC and the B spesh by the unionist Stormont government.

It took another 14 Yrs of this shite before the Nationalist Community bit back.

After Bombay Street they’d had enough and the Provies were born.

ye see. The PIRA is now a monster of protestant unionist making. The “protestant government for protestant people” has brought us here.

My cousin Gerry who I’m staying with took a heart attack today. This was not part of the plan. I went up to see him last night and he was in fine fettle, considering. He’s gonna pull through but I’m hoping he’s going to be alright when he’s out the hospital. He’s worried about money and things. (“I can’t afford to be off sick”) I’m thinking his work will be very understanding. His boss told him not to worry about wages.

I’m remembered of my brothers predicament in London when he was knocked down and dragged along the street by a big fuck off van. His employers said the same and then reneged in the cold light of day.

We’ll see anyway.