I was a big Roald Dahl fan as a kid (I even read some of his books today). One of my favourites was The Witches (later made into a film starring Rowan Atkinson and Angelica Houston). Those familiar with the book will know that the Grand High Witch had to walk around in public with a mask over her face because she was so ugly and putrid underneath. The mask was a front; a cunning disguise which permitted her to walk around in anonymity. Only the other witches were allowed to see her true self.
For the Grand High Witch read Sinn Fein/IRA. Fair Deal, one of the few remaining decent contributors to Slugger O'Toole, unwittingly brought this to my attention. Whilst the rantings of complete soap-dodging idiots with pseudonyms such as Prince Eoghan (Princess Tiny Meat more like. Montgomery Clift fans will understand the pun) can go largely unnoticed, the opinions of Sinn Fein/IRA councillor for Cookstown, Michael McIvor, most certainly can not. For dear Mr McIvor opines that the 'dissident republican groups' cannot be taken seriously because 'they have never killed a member of the British forces.' He then goes on to describe the Continuity and Real IRA movements as.........hold on to your sides...........'Brit loving'!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mmmm, what degree of affection must one hold towards British citizens in order to go out on the main street of Omagh on a Saturday afternoon, and blow dozens of them into tiny pieces? 'The IRA always wanted peace. That's why I supported the movement.' Bless my Oliver Cromwell statuette, do I detect a smidgen of cynicism here? The IRA killed soldiers and policemen in order to demonstrate it was not 'Brit loving'. Simultaneously it always 'wanted peace'. When you've fathomed out that conundrum 'you'll be a man, my son.'
What gave me the biggest giggle was the pathetic defence launched on McIvor's behalf by the usual Sluggerette Slugs. One contributor who goes by the name of Seabhac Suilach (Oirish for 'Sick Twisted Scumbag') opined that McIvor was actually trying to dissuade impressionable young soap-dodgers from joining up by emphasising the dissident lack of gravitas. Wow, some reverse psychology there, Seab! Another regular, Stephen Copeland, who did his school maths tests on the theme of counting Northern Catholics, prefers to highlight McIvor's legal mandate, whilst remaining deafeningly silent on the sheer evil of what the man is spouting. Why should I be surprised. Killing people and the capacity to do so is what makes republican groins tumescent at the thought of Martin McGuinness resplendent in his balaclava.
Will McIvor be expelled from Sinn Fein? Highly unlikely. He only says what the rest of the vermin think. If Osama Bin Laden had said such remarks, would Blair et al be encouraging the democratically-elected government of Afghanistan to share power with Al Queda? No! So why should any self-respecting democrat contemplate giving political power to this rubbish?