Tuesday 24 October 2017

Letters: 'Sorry' is not in Sinn Fein script

'Sinn Fein's current attitude to the peace process is simply because it best serves their future political ambitions.'
'Sinn Fein's current attitude to the peace process is simply because it best serves their future political ambitions.'

Madam – Your Letter of the Week writer (Sunday Independent, May 11, 2014), suggested that Sinn Fein "took pride in the peace process" and should therefore "now engage in a warring process and say sorry for the nightmare years".

I suggest that Sinn Fein's current attitude to the peace process is simply because it best serves their future political ambitions. As for saying sorry, that's not in their script – as it would be very much a vote-losing exercise, particularly in Northern Ireland. For the same reason their fine representatives at Westminster will continue to refuse to take the Parliamentary Oath. According to my dictionary, democracy is defined as "government by all the people, direct or representative". Sinn Fein is therefore denying the most basic of democratic expectations to their constituents.

Over 100,000 people in the relevant constituencies were non-Sinn Fein voters at the last UK general election. There are three questions that need answering: Why is Sinn Fein so ready to praise "the democratic process" in other situations and declare, in recent times, that they have "moved on"? Why is this situation allowed to continue by the UK government, given the present successful application of democratic local government within Northern Ireland? Sinn Fein should be told that it will not be accepted at the time of the next UK general election in May 2015.

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