Chicanery is something you'd automatically link to despots in Third World countries than the government of the United Kingdom. For example, I recently read a book on Robert Mugabe and the methods he has employed in Zimbabwe. Did you know that the Mugabe government has deliberately starved hospitals in the country of cash so that corpses are retained until such time as members of an increasingly impoverished populace can afford to settle their relatives' medical bills? Were you also aware that Mugabe is prohibiting the importation of grain to ease starvation so that he can continue his policy of 'indigenising the economy' by opening up land to criminal elements of Zimbabwean society in a nepotistic drive to ensure 'his people' are the ones who inherit agricultural land abandoned by white farmers?
We don't see chicanery of that level here in Britain. Or do we? In my mind the disgusting attempt to extort money from the middle classes of Ulster society in order that they put pressure on Unionist parties to sit in government with terrorists is almost in the same league. In the same way that highwaymen used to say 'hands up, your money or your life', Peter Hain is effectively saying 'hands up, your money or your province'. For make no mistake, admission of republicans to Stormont will give them carte blanche to gradually destabilise and destroy the Province as part and parcel of the United Kingdom.
This rates system is sooooo Old Labour. It allows them to steal money from those whom they most detest - i.e. those who have prospered under their own initiative, and the theft will occur predominantly from a section of the United Kingdom public the Left so love to hate - the British population of Northern Ireland. Will it work? Nope!! The 'garden centre Prods' will only ever come out in a constitutional referendum; they will never again cast votes in a sectarianised political system. Middle class they may be, but they also have the same steely determination not to subordinate themselves to blackmail. In the latter regard, they are quintessentially Unionist, whatever their opinions of the political process and parties. Several months ago I said Hain's ultimate wish would be to damage Northern Ireland as much as possible in line with his closet republicanism. All he will end up doing is currying more personal hatred than he has hitherto. Still, when you're a thick-skinned republican Lefty 'white nigger', with the conscience of a dung beetle, I don't suppose you really care what people think about you.