Guest writer fromer blanketman Thomas Dixie Elliot with a piece illustrating the paucity of Sinn Fein's inflated claims.
The former mayor of Derry/Londonderry recently stood over the graves of brave volunteers and told under 200 SF employees and supporters that events like 'The One Big Weekend' in Ebrington are a testament of the Republican struggle and what it has achieved.
He makes this absurd claim because the events were held on a site that once was - in his words - 'the bastion of English rule in Ireland', Ebrington Barracks.
Well let’s correct the honourable former mayor. The One Big Weekend and other events were and will be held as part of Derry's year as the UK's 1st City of Culture.
Which means that the Brits might have left Ebrington and Fort George as well as countless other military installations but as sure as MI5 is bedded down in Hollywood Co. Down the Brits haven't gone away. They merely feel secure enough to allow the native politicians to run the place on their behalf; like area managers in a supermarket chain.
The role of these native politicians/ area managers, like the former mayor, is to sell something to the gullible. In this case a lie.
James Connolly almost a hundred years ago in 1914, summed them up perfectly when he said:
"The problem was not how to defeat a nation in arms battling for all that makes life worth living, but how to fool a nation without arms into becoming the accomplice of its oppressor. And the strategic move in question is already being hailed as a great landmark of national progress.”
The Republican struggle was about removing British Rule from Ireland and the betterment of its people not turning their former bases into areas of celebration and music as part of the UK’s culture.
The criminal use of the dead to promote this lie is only a testament of how low SF have stooped in order to appease those many died to defeat.