Sunday 18 February 2018

SF disgrace over Kingsmill mockery

Sinn Fein MP Barry McElduff with a Kingsmill branded loaf on his head
Sinn Fein MP Barry McElduff with a Kingsmill branded loaf on his head


The appalling decision of a Sinn Fein MP in Northern Ireland to make a video which effectively mocked the families of 10 Protestant workmen murdered in cold blood by the Provisional IRA, and then to post that video on social media five minutes after midnight on the 42nd anniversary of what is known as the Kingsmill massacre, is deserving of the full condemnation it has received from all right-thinking decent people everywhere.

The actions of West Tyrone MP Barry McElduff - he posed with a loaf of Kingsmill bread on his head - was sickening in every sense, but primarily at a human level. He has insisted that he never made the connection between his behaviour and the heinous act at Kingsmill, but whatever his claim after the event, one thing is abundantly clear: Mr McElduff should be thoroughly ashamed of himself. His actions were a disgrace.

The response of Sinn Fein to the understandable outcry at Mr McElduff's actions is also inadequate in the extreme. The party which purports to be democratic and fit for government in the Republic effectively slapped Mr McElduff on the wrist: he is to be suspended from political activities for a period of three months, which is hardly an inconvenience for a politician who refuses to take his seat in Westminster in accordance with Sinn Fein's dated abstentionist policy which means that its MPs refuse to take their seats in the UK parliament.

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