Read the latest proclamation from Sinn Fein/IRA archbishop, Gerry Adams. Have you ever noticed that every single speech on the growth and/or political strategy of Sinn Fein follows exactly the same path?
- Codswallop about Oirish 'unity' being closer than ever before (there is no demographic, social or political imperative on behalf of the Unionist community that would incline them to agree with him).
- Sacrifices of past generations (in short, the all-inclusive excuse and justification for mass murder of anyone who did not subscribe to the republican ethos: Protestants, Catholics and non-committed alike).
- Creating an Ireland of equals (the most amorphous term in politics today. Nobody has the slightest clue what this means, but it sure gets the gutter dogs who form the basis of party membership into a excitable frenzy).
- We have no interest in the rhetoric of republicanism (that's like John George Haig saying he had no interest in the chemical composition of hydrochloric acid).
- We aim to create a national republic on this island (this bit is the classic politics of denial. A national republic already exists on the island of Ireland; has done so since 1949; and covers 85% of the total island area. It has representation of several international bodies and its borders are recognised by everybody on the planet bar Sinn Fein. That's one hell of a small minority, Gerry).
- A challenge for all of us (yes, and a challenge neither you or anyone else has a snowball's chance in hell of winning).
The next time you log on to a speech by a Sinn Fein member, have a look and see how incredibly repetitive the whole oration is. Change the record, this one is worn down to smooth plastic.