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Another Provo Resignation

category national | bin tax / household tax / water tax | news report author Monday December 03, 2007 17:15author by redmondite collapse Report this post to the editors

Fraudulent "Sinn Fein" is in turmoil

Yet another provo leaves party, admits that provisionalism is about administrating British rule in Ireland. Some say no one could have "predicted" the manner in which the provos have turned. However Republicans at the time of the 1986 split correctly "mapped" the future of the provosionals using proir history. Indeed while anyone with any grasp of history could have done so, only those affiliated with RSF did.

PSF MLA has resigned from the party. Gerry McHugh was elected to Fermanagh District Council in 1993 and after standing in the 1997 Westminster election for Sinn Féin was elected as a member of the Assembly in 1998. Gerry is a life member of the Northern Ireland Agricultural Producers Association (NIAPA). A former POW, Gerry lost his Assembly seat to running mate Tom O’Reilly in 2003, but was successfully re-elected in 2007. Gerry was Party Spokesperson for Agriculture and Ethnic Minority Issues. He is also Deputy Chair of the Committee on Standards and Privileges and a member of Agriculture and Rural Development Committee in the Assembly.

In today's Irish News, McHugh said that he was "increasingly disillusioned by the undemocratic nature of the party and the wholly top-down dictation within it" , expressed concern that "the direction PSF is taking is more about appeasement of British rule and administrating British rule", and criticised the built-in unionist veto within the Assembly. Referring to recent revelations about the levels of British intelligence operations in the North, he said that "the fact that the PSNI is being used for political policing here should be a major concern for everyone here."

He also intends to retain his Assembly seat as an independent Republican is quoted that he intends to organise a series of meetings in the New Year to give people a chance to discuss matters which are a priority for them.

author by Jimbo jonespublication date Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:44Report this post to the editors

Unfortunately nearly all strains of Irish republicanism whether reformist, militarist or quasi revolutionary share one common characteristic, they are all authoritarian. All look to a leadership who they majority of their movement are meant to trust and obey. RSF and PSF at their core are no different in that way. It is unfortunate because the historic tradition of republicanism is about democracy as its central theme. When it gets sucked into nationalism and militarism it loses sight of that the primacy of the army, struggle etc. take precedence over the true objective democracy.

Swearing allegiance to a Dail elected by people now dead only enhances that problem.

McHugh took the correct courageous decision. Hopefully now he will draw positive conclusions and continue his journey. He might check out Eirigi a body trying to eveolve a more democratic form of republicanism.

author by Pete Brickettepublication date Tue Dec 04, 2007 17:26Report this post to the editors

Provisional Sinn Fein have become nothing more than a bad joke;

Infiltrated at leadership level and no one seeming to give a damn or maybe too scared to give a damn.

Content to administer British rule, happy that Paisley has accepted them under his wing.

Supporting a British Police force and courts. So called 'law abiding citizens' who turn a blind eye to murderous criminals in their ranks.

A leadership who has become wealthier, one certain person having bought a second larger house in his street to which he is building an extension. Property portfolios, bars and other businesses all benefits of being a loyal Provo.

Moving from the Socialist Revolutionary's of Bobby Sands time to the Thatcherites of today, even licking up to the Bush Administration at the drop of a hat.

And as for the grassroots they aren't even allowed to have a tongue in their head.

author by Garypublication date Wed Dec 05, 2007 12:02Report this post to the editors

Armed struggle achieved nothing but stalemate.
The Unionist Protestants are going to be in the majority in Northern Ireland for some time into the future and that majority will style themselves as British until such time as they are persuaded that a United Ireland would be a better deal. Republicans are no less republican because they have gone into government with unionists. When it is demonstrated to unionists that they can work together with republicans then it is not too much of a leap for them to realise that north and south can work together also.
This process will take decades certainly a time period longer than your own life spans.
The alternative is going to back to war, losing the progress already made and returning to a hopelessly divided sectarian society endlessly killing each other without any prospects of advancing the republican cause.

author by Pete Brickettepublication date Wed Dec 05, 2007 13:41Report this post to the editors

Provisional Sinn Fein have gone from 'Our Day Will Come' to 'What's the Alternative?'
The Alternative was there, exactly the same in 1973 only it was called Sunningdale.
Those now preaching the loudest about peace were then sending young people out to kill and die even though the majority of Nationalists wanted PEACE. Remember the tens of thousands who had taken to the streets all over the North for PEACE in the 1970s?
I remember the Provos standing at the side of the roads calling them BRIT AGENTS etc.
What has changed? The SHINNERS weren't in a position to take over from the SDLP, so countless lives were lost in the mean time.
Now we have the same Leading Provos adopting the policies of the SDLP even joining the DDPs while just over a year ago they were abusing them for having taken the same step.
YES, ARMED STRUGGLE HAS ACHIEVED NOTHING, I FULLY AGREE.
But neither will Provisional Sinn Fein, their own grassroots are slowly wising up to that fact as are the people.

author by Garypublication date Wed Dec 05, 2007 15:11Report this post to the editors

I'm not excusing what Sinn Fein and the IRA did.
I despised them then and I despise them now.
It took so long for them to realise violence was never going to work.
Your analysis is spot on - they have stolen SDLP clothing.
However a Sinn Fein/DUP administration must be seen to work while the SDLP and moderate Unionists regroup for the next assembly elections when they can be replaced.
The violent extremists on both sides - both Republican and Unionist must understand that peace is permanent. While a remnant of paramilitarism survives there will always be a danger that politics in Stormont will lose the initiative to politics on the streets.

author by A Townpublication date Wed Dec 05, 2007 22:00Report this post to the editors

I'm fed up listening to all the crap about Adams moving the IRA away from violence. Anyone who was in the Provos or Sinn Fein from the 80s on knew that they had run out of cannon fodder, namely volunteers willing to operate. The IRA had grown war weary and that was the reason Adams sneaked off behind their backs to negotiate a face saving deal with the Brits.
They dragged it all out to save face, nothing more.

author by Class Actionpublication date Thu Dec 06, 2007 14:01Report this post to the editors

Did you ever think you would see the day when an Sinn Fein Minister would be out to defeat 3000 women workers in struggle for decent pay?

Sinn Feins La has definately Chukeyed!

author by PBpublication date Thu Dec 06, 2007 14:50Report this post to the editors

Changed times from when they used to tell their members to show their faces on the picket lines.
It pays to be seen was the old SF catch phrase.
Now they use the tactics of Thatcher to try and smash the strike.

author by solidaritypublication date Thu Dec 06, 2007 20:03Report this post to the editors

support for the strikers from actual Republicans

http://admin2.7.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=8061

author by Barry - 32 csmpublication date Fri Dec 07, 2007 00:10Report this post to the editors

Jimbo Jones stated

"Unfortunately nearly all strains of Irish republicanism whether reformist, militarist or quasi revolutionary share one common characteristic, they are all authoritarian. All look to a leadership who they majority of their movement are meant to trust and obey. RSF and PSF at their core are no different in that way. It is unfortunate because the historic tradition of republicanism is about democracy as its central theme. When it gets sucked into nationalism and militarism it loses sight of that the primacy of the army, struggle etc. take precedence over the true objective democracy.

Swearing allegiance to a Dail elected by people now dead only enhances that problem.

McHugh took the correct courageous decision. Hopefully now he will draw positive conclusions and continue his journey. He might check out Eirigi a body trying to eveolve a more democratic form of republicanism."

he might check out 32 csm as well . They managed to identify the lack of democracy and use of rigid , commandantist militarist structures within the republican project as central to its repeated defeats before EirigÍ was even conceived . They also defined democracy at its maximum expression as not only the ultimate goal but the tactic that should be persued by the republican seperatist constituency while Eirigí were still giving Mary Lou rounds of applause . It might be an idea for Eirigí themselves to consider finally engaging with those republicans whose policies they are adopting and adapting , not that theres anything remotely wrong with that . They shuld be commended for their approach no matter how late in the day , as should Gerry McHugh and Im sure the others who will follow his example . But engagement and democratic unity must happen sooner or later , and the sooner the better .

Gerry McHugh is now echoing what so many republicans have been saying privately and in public for a very long time . The sinn fein project has been a century of utter disaster , it must be identified as such before another project can be constructed . A new republican project is now a feasible alternative . The demand for one is growing by the month regardless of electoralism . Democracy must be at its core and founding principles , regardless of the form it takes or name it adopts . Or names .

Id also question the view that Irish republicanism shouldnt be " sucked into nationalism" . The republican seperatist cause is by definition a nationalist cause , as well as a progressive left wing one . That your website quotes Sartres foreword on Fanons Wretched of the Earth should leave you in no doubt that nationalism is an essential to any anti colonial project . If Pearse Connolly and Fintan Lawlor hadnt made that clear before him .

author by ftipublication date Fri Dec 07, 2007 18:54Report this post to the editors

barry neither eirigi nor rsf or anyone with any sense at all will be going anywhere near that "republican unity" project of the irsp's.

author by Barry - 32 csmpublication date Fri Dec 07, 2007 19:50Report this post to the editors

i was talking about this one

http://www.32csm.org/repun.htm

author by Patrick Henrypublication date Fri Dec 07, 2007 20:50Report this post to the editors

What a year for the Shinners, since they were forced to support the PSNI and the British Judicial system, which means they have to been seen tripping over each other calling on the Catholic / Republican community to report everything, unlawful in the Unionists eyes, to the PSNI.

Then we have them adopting Maggie Thatcher tactics with the Classroom assistants, as well as taking a leaf out of Widgery's book of excusing Murder in the case of Paul Quinn.
Talk about learning from the past.

I wonder what's in store next year?

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