Friday, February 17, 2006

Opinion: Sinn Fein Accept Money from Monarchy.



by Frank Talk


Last week MPs voted to restore Sinn Fein's parliamentary allowances, estimated to be worth about £500,000.

The allowances were withdrawn last year after the Northern Bank robbery, for which they have accepted no responsibility. While £500,000 is a mere drop in the ocean compared to £26 million, eyebrows have been raised at the governments’ willingness to hand over such a quantity of money to a party that operates an abstentionist policy.

Yet Sinn Fein willingness to accept such money raises questions about their declared intention to deal with 'Irish' politics within the 'Island of Ireland'. By accepting the money they are not only accepting the British governments position in Ireland, they are granting it some sort of legitimacy. Despite their protestations, Sinn Fein have accepted British structures, they work effectively within them, and they claim the financial benefits that come with being part of one of the worlds most economically powerful countries.

David Liddington, Conservative Spokesman on Northern Ireland has suggested changing the oath in order to allow Sinn Fein to take their seats; what he fails to realise is that the reason they don't take them is more to do with cosmetics than convictions. Sinn Fein tell their supporters to ignore 'British rule', yet they are widely accepted to offer expert advice on British welfare support.

Ironically, Sinn Fein would probably be more welcome in the Commons than at the Dail. Bertie Ahern is making Fianna Fail greener than green, demonstrated recently by him blowing the trumpet for the 1916 commemorations. The Irish Republic has embraced 'pluralism', it is a philiosphy naturally suited to an 'easy going' people. An end to partition is not what 'paddy Irishman' mulls over at breakfast; if he did, he would quickly loose his appetite, because he would have fewer euros in his wallet. Northern Ireland would bring a huge financial burden, which the Irish Republic could not easily absorb.

Britain still offers one of the most generous welfare systems in the world. Separation from this system would mean acceptance of a more meagre benefit package. Is this something Sinn Fein can sell to its supporters? Is the hope of Irish unification an ideological dream rather than a realistic end goal?

5 Comments:

Blogger Roberto said...

I think its disgraceful that Sinn Fein's allowances are to be restored particularly after the recent IMC Report.

This 'British' Government is spoon feeding Irish Republicanism. How does it intend to fight world terrorism when it is weakening at the knees to the ugly charm of Adam's and Co. Disgraceful!

What is also 'disgraceful' is that the 13 of our MP's that take their seats in our Parliament and contribute to the political process of our country will not be getting this £80,000 'research' fund money.

I am not sure I agree completely with Mr. F. Talk's analysis as these Republicans are just out to get everything they can get, however it is funny that they can accept the money of the 'evil forces of occupation', but won't accept British identity of the people of Northern Ireland.

What is clear is that Sinn Fein would appear to benefit more, politically from the retention of the Union between these islands that in a United Ireland as their poll showing in the Republic is poor, hence they are just a mouth piece for the republican community in Ulster.

2/18/2006 6:29 pm  
Blogger Roberto said...

I think its disgraceful that Sinn Fein's allowances are to be restored particularly after the recent IMC Report.

This 'British' Government is spoon feeding Irish Republicanism. How does it intend to fight world terrorism when it is weakening at the knees to the ugly charm of Adam's and Co. Disgraceful!

What is also 'disgraceful' is that the 13 of our MP's that take their seats in our Parliament and contribute to the political process of our country will not be getting this £80,000 'research' fund money.

I am not sure I agree completely with Mr. F. Talk's analysis as these Republicans are just out to get everything they can get, however it is funny that they can accept the money of the 'evil forces of occupation', but won't accept British identity of the people of Northern Ireland.

What is clear is that Sinn Fein would appear to benefit more, politically from the retention of the Union between these islands that in a United Ireland as their poll showing in the Republic is poor, hence they are just a mouth piece for the republican community in Ulster.

2/18/2006 6:30 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sinn Fein deserve the money...they do important work at a constitutency level which doesn't necessaitate taking their seats at Westminister. Which do you prefer...a party working towards progress (even if they don't take their seats), or, an obstinant party of dinosaurs refusing to budge for anyone?

2/19/2006 5:14 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How are IRA/Sinn Fein a party working towards progess? Eight months after they said 'the war was over', they still hold onto their illegal arms, they continue to exile citizens and are up to their necks in criminal activity. Why should they be rewarded for holding back devolution? For 35 years they butchered thousands, and still refuse to part from their illegal and thuggish ways. They refuse to take up their seats, and so 5 constituences in Northern Ireland have no representation at Westminster, and they should get paid for this mis-service?

During the Leeds Castle peace talks, Adams and McGuinness continued their dual policy of politics by day, illegality by night, planning the Northern Bank robbery. Whilst they still hold onto their £26.5 million, I don't think they should be receiving anymore funds, least of all from a government who apparently dont negotiate with terrorists.

2/20/2006 6:42 pm  
Anonymous David Cather said...

Good to see the Gown going digital. Good luck to all involved. Will this Blog be giving up to the minute news on the elections this week?

Oh yes and they shouldn't be getting a brass farthing if they're not prepared to take their seats.

2/21/2006 11:03 am  

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