Irish republicans are like Islamic militants: you rarely get a group of them without the accompaniment of trouble and community unrest. Perhaps that's why I despise both of them in equal measure. Look at the trouble we saw in Coleraine on Tuesday evening, when workers erecting a poster advertising the candidature of independent Unionist, Russell Watton, were attacked by Piltdown men sporting Celtic FC jerseys in the Somerset Drive area of the town.
I have been to Coleraine several times. I find it a very pleasant town whose populace are proud of their British nationality and heritage. I was not aware that republicans had begun to pollute the local environment by settling in the area. It's like someone smearing excrement on the Venus de Milo!! The same has happened in Ballymena. For years the town had a relatively peaceful and stable relationship between its two main communities. Then, one sunny day, republicans plotted rebellion in the Dunclug estate and the rest is history.
John Dallat leapt to the defence of the republican prehistoric plebs. Well he would, wouldn't he? Dallat is, in my opinion, one of the most politically execrable members of the SDLP (and that's saying something!!), who has agitated against the trappings of Britishness in the Coleraine area since his miserable presence sullied the council chambers back in the 1990's.
RUC Judas, Billy Leonard, also joined the fray. He said:
'These nationalists are very well aware that Mr Watton wasn't looking votes in this particular area. The residents quite rightly feel aggrieved. The macho-loyalist attitude that the nationalist residents are scum shows that unionist pangs for superiority still exist in Coleraine.'
Leaving aside the fact that Mr Watton is entitled to canvass for voters wherever he wishes, I find Leonard's retort astutely observant. For if Mr Watton believes that people who vote for terrorists and their apologists are scum, he has joined an ever-growing number of decent people who think the same way. Like the teacher at St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Mr Watton will find a considerable number of ideological bedfellows on A Tangled Web.