In a response to an article on TPQ by two Southampton researchers, Larry Hughes argues that they have overstated the potential for dissidents to grow in response to police violence. Larry Hughes is a Donegal based PhD candidate.
The piece by Marks Hayes and Paul Norris is a hell of a read.
Whilst seeing the logic of the article I do feel it falls down a tad by
suggesting that Dissidents have identified the police as the issue which will
assist them undermine the GFA. The notion that police brutality towards
dissidents will garner support for them is severely flawed. Where is the
evidence for this? After what was done to the civil rights marchers in 1969
fifty years of unionist Nazi rule in N. Ireland resulted in a tsunami of
reaction, inflamed by the British army massacres in Ballymurphy and Derry.
There is no latent anger and resentment today. This is a fracture in an otherwise
People today are exhausted even 15 years into a peace process and
are more than willing to turn a blind eye to dissidents getting framed shot or
dying here and there on hunger-strike. The refusal to face this is as serious a
failure as loyalism's inability to appreciate its own victory in the conflict.
The Adams and McGuinness brand of republicanism is nothing more now than a
nationalist conduit for state stability. Both states on this island are
benefitting from this. Individuals may lose seats in the Dail shortly to SF
members but that is unconnected to the border issue. That is as a result of 100
years of civil war politics being unable to deliver anything but migration and
austerity to the people of the 26 counties.
SF supporters will continue to delude themselves there is a bigger secret plan
or scheme within the SF over-all tactic. At this stage even the most ardent SF
followers know what most of us realised at varying stages a long, long, time
ago. Namely that this idea was all merely a smoke screen, a myth. SF and its
supporters have nowhere else to go now other than to continue the delusion and
increasingly getting angry with those of us who were able to see through the
smoke and mirror routine many years ago and who refuse to see the Emperor as
anything but stark naked.
Demographics will either resolve the border issue in the long run or it will
not. SF support for the PSNI will have no impact upon the border. As their role
in Stormont has had zero impact upon the border issue or even the RUC/PSNI.
Neither will any pending success in the south change this reality of
disinterest in Irish unity in general.
During the failed 1950s campaign and the 1960s civil rights campaign, the
border had not been the driving political force in Ireland for some time. As
during the Land War in the 19th century, independence took a back seat in Ireland
to tenancy rights. When will republicans learn?
The best you could say for SF is that they have learned. The problem is there
isn't a word of truth nor shred of honour in the entire party set up. Desperate
times ahead for Ireland. SF will take the country back 20 years. The dissidents
on the other hand will take it back to the dances at the crossroads given the