Wednesday, 10 December 2008

Don't be DUPed again! 'No concession unionism' grants IRA terror shrine.

Edwin Poots will be happy. The Maze site is to be developed after all. Although the Terrordome sports stadium is to be shelved for at least four years, the DUP has granted republicans a terrorist museum as part of its deal to get devolution back on track. With Irish American funding to be ploughed into its development, and Sinn Féin as its consistent champion, obviously the ‘Conflict Resolution Centre’ will be a bastion of good sense and objectivity.

Another triumph for the DUP’s fabled defence of unionism.

6 comments:

Ciarán said...

I don't know Chekov. You really think a conflict resolution centre in an old prison will do more harm to unionism than having SF locked into government will do it good (assuming unionists are interested in, you know, the Union)?

This, I have to say, is a typical Unionist problem: that every concession no matter (and I agree on this) how unpalatable, is a threat. But, irritating though it might be, is it really such a problem?

Chekov said...

Ciarán –I certainly object to this museum / centre / shrine, although you’re right that it is not the most important thing in the world. My most serious concerns are twofold.

1) The unaccountable fashion in which these two parties horse-trade every contested matter out between themselves behind closed doors.

2) The hypocrisy of the DUP who traded behind slogans such as ‘a concession a day to the IRA’ for many years and have now functionally carved up the government of Northern Ireland in conjunction with SF.

Anonymous said...

"its deal to get devolution back on track"

"Yes we’re a party of the Union, but we need to make devolution work.
The agreement that’s been reached on the process for the transfer of policing and justice powers is welcome."
David Cameron

Ciarán said...

On those two issues I think we agree.

O'Neill said...

With Irish American funding to be ploughed into its development, and Sinn Féin as its consistent champion, obviously the ‘Conflict Resolution Centre’ will be a bastion of good sense and objectivity.

I share your other concerns but:

1. A redeveloped Windsor is better than a 3/4 empty White Elephant in the middle of nowhere.

2. A "Conflict Resolution Centre" which is left in the tender hands of SF and Irish America will not serve as that major a propaganda tool with visitors with open minds. If you visit many of the similar Terror Houses in East Europe, the old USSR the overly political emphasis of the various states' influence is counterproductive.

3. And this one is purely spite. The thought of all those provo-supporters trailing to such a museum slap bang in Pootsie's and Donaldson's backyard will be poetic justice for the near fatal blow they dealt to Northern Irish football by forcing it to move to the Maze.

All in all, not a perfect result, but the best we could have hoped for in the circumstances.

Chekov said...

I take your point O'Neill. Obviously I'm pleased that Northern Ireland will not be playing at the Terrordome. Whether it was quite an either / or situation though, I'm not so sure. My other reservation would be letting Linfield profit further from ground improvements which they don't bother to upkeep never mind contribute to. A larger ground means bigger revenues for that club which they simply don't deserve.