DUP Outreach: SF for slow learners?

theloner

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The idea of SF outreach to the separated brethren in NI has been in the northern political lexicon for quite some time now. At times it would make Jekyl agus Hyde blush, at times it's funny, at times it would make even those with a strong stomach boke, and lo and behold, some of it is genuine.

The sight of St. Martin at the British queen's banquet, to Adams and Chuck (not ar la) sharing a tea for two while members of the same party protested his visit. We had Mitchell McLaughlin becoming President of the NI Assembly Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the Londonderry Bands Forum (LBF) giving a presentation at the party's Ard Fhéis a few years back. Not to be outdone, SF president Mary Lou started putting the London in Derry with SF actively promoting the UK to remain part of the EU. Marty and Caral Ni Chuilin became NI supporters and the former even part of the GAWA in France.

The DUP

Has the DUP now taken a leaf out of SF's strategy book? Not only did Arlene attend at GAA match, but it was one on the Sabbath. There were members of her party recently protesting a NI soccer game taking place on the Lord's day. Arlene also told the press she wanted the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community to know that she does "value their contribution to Northern Ireland". She'll attend one their fruity events this week. Some won't be happy. The DUP leader also marked the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan during a visit organised by the Belfast Islamic Centre.

Has politics in NI turned into a national bull************************ting contest or is everything just really lovely?



Arlene's new tattoo, outreach to people from Fenian West Belfast. Ears pierced - Check, On da bru - Check.
 


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Optics, theloner, optics.

What you saw last week and yesterday was the sound of a huge, fck-off penny dropping and clanging about the floor, like a lorry crashing into a cymbal factory.

Two recent polls have shown that the political balance is very, um balancey right now, and that the key demograqphic is the middle ground (such as it is). Therefore, in order to appeal to this "middle ground" Arlene has got to be seen to be seen at these events. Especially when said middle ground is turned off by curried yoghurt and "getting the ethnics out".

Fair play to her for finally listening to some PR company that's actually doing its job. But, I suspect it's just a smidge too late in the day.
 

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They are sucking up to the English Conservatives- trying to look less embarrassing in English eyes.
 

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SF

The idea of SF outreach to the separated brethren in NI has been in the northern political lexicon for quite some time now. At times it would make Jekyl agus Hyde blush, at times it's funny, at times it would make even those with a strong stomach boke, and lo and behold, some of it is genuine.

The sight of St. Martin at the British queen's banquet, to Adams and Chuck (not ar la) sharing a tea for two while members of the same party protested his visit. We had Mitchell McLaughlin becoming President of the NI Assembly Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the Londonderry Bands Forum (LBF) giving a presentation at the party's Ard Fhéis a few years back. Not to be outdone, SF president Mary Lou started putting the London in Derry with SF actively promoting the UK to remain part of the EU. Marty and Caral Ni Chuilin became NI supporters and the former even part of the GAWA in France.

The DUP

Has the DUP now taken a leaf out of SF's strategy book? Not only did Arlene attend at GAA match, but it was one on the Sabbath. There were members of her party recently protesting a NI soccer game taking place on the Lord's day. Arlene also told the press she wanted the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community to know that she does "value their contribution to Northern Ireland". She'll attend one their fruity events this week. Some won't be happy. The DUP leader also marked the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan during a visit organised by the Belfast Islamic Centre.

Has politics in NI turned into a national bull************************ting contest or is everything just really lovely?



Arlene's new tattoo, outreach to people from Fenian West Belfast. Ears pierced - Check, On da bru - Check.


The only reason SF took tea with the Queen is that after the Queen's first visit to Ireland (where SF wanted nothing to do with it) SF realised exactly how much Irish people love the Royals. Therefore SF had to get in with the Queen or else they would appear out of touch with Irish people.

Most Unionists couldn't care less for GAA, therefore it is a bigger step for DUP representatives to go to GAA match as there is nothing in it for them with their core supporters.
 

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The only reason SF took tea with the Queen is that after the Queen's first visit to Ireland (where SF wanted nothing to do with it) SF realised exactly how much Irish people love the Royals. Therefore SF had to get in with the Queen or else they would appear out of touch with Irish people.

Most Unionists couldn't care less for GAA, therefore it is a bigger step for DUP representatives to go to GAA match as there is nothing in it for them with their core supporters.
The British queen paid her respects to Irish Republicans who took on the British Empire.
That changed things.
 

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The only reason SF took tea with the Queen is that after the Queen's first visit to Ireland (where SF wanted nothing to do with it) SF realised exactly how much Irish people love the Royals. Therefore SF had to get in with the Queen or else they would appear out of touch with Irish people.

Most Unionists couldn't care less for GAA, therefore it is a bigger step for DUP representatives to go to GAA match as there is nothing in it for them with their core supporters.
https://www.ballymoneytimes.co.uk/news/i-ll-be-back-says-mayor-dup-councillor-confirms-hidden-family-gaa-history-1-3621310

All politics is local.
 

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They're making the effort. Finally. Whether dinosaurs like Gregory "I'd turn to violence in the event of a united Ireland" Campbell will also be sidelined remains to be seen.
 

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Optics, theloner, optics.

What you saw last week and yesterday was the sound of a huge, fck-off penny dropping and clanging about the floor, like a lorry crashing into a cymbal factory.

Two recent polls have shown that the political balance is very, um balancey right now, and that the key demograqphic is the middle ground (such as it is). Therefore, in order to appeal to this "middle ground" Arlene has got to be seen to be seen at these events. Especially when said middle ground is turned off by curried yoghurt and "getting the ethnics out".

Fair play to her for finally listening to some PR company that's actually doing its job. But, I suspect it's just a smidge too late in the day.
DUP are a bunch of slabbers. SF/IRA are a ghastly bunch of c*nts that the DUP could never compete with in evilness stakes.
 

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They're making the effort. Finally. Whether dinosaurs like Gregory "I'd turn to violence in the event of a united Ireland" Campbell will also be sidelined remains to be seen.
Despite the haircut, Remainer Simon Hamilton seems decades ahead of most, if not all of their MPs.
 

hollandia

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DUP are a bunch of slabbers. SF/IRA are a ghastly bunch of c*nts that the DUP could never compete with in evilness stakes.
So, back to the match then. Is it your contention that she shouldn't have went?

We gave her a little wave as she sped past with her AGS escort back to Roslea, whilst going back to our car. Personally, I'm delighted she went. It's the correct and normal thing to do when you're the purported leader of a parliament.
 

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They're making the effort. Finally. Whether dinosaurs like Gregory "I'd turn to violence in the event of a united Ireland" Campbell will also be sidelined remains to be seen.
This is May leaning on her. If she was actually out for patching things up in Ulster she would resign and let the Assembly get back off the ground. There are hardly any Muslims in Ulster and homosexuality is something that only utter rootless cosmopolitans or glue sniffing Loyalists do in Northern Ireland. The whole thing is so fake. Let her support an Irish Language Act and I will believe that she is repentant.
 

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The British queen paid her respects to Irish Republicans who took on the British Empire.
That changed things.
They knew she was doing that one her first visit. And yet they still shunned the visit. This is clearly not what SF's u turn was about.
 

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They are sucking up to the English Conservatives- trying to look less embarrassing in English eyes.
And it helps their anti SF allies in the south. Just how many times did we that Arlene visited an Irish school or Peter Robinson wanted Catholics to join the DUP.
 

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They knew she was doing that one her first visit. And yet they still shunned the visit. This is clearly not what SF's u turn was about.
It's not that complicated - what Sinn Fein is about is getting into power north and south and hammering home the GFA reunification process.

And that is exactly what is happening.

Tick-Tock :lol:
 
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This is May leaning on her. If she was actually out for patching things up in Ulster she would resign and let the Assembly get back off the ground. There are hardly any Muslims in Ulster and homosexuality is something that only utter rootless cosmopolitans or glue sniffing Loyalists do in Northern Ireland. The whole thing is so fake. Let her support an Irish Language Act and I will believe that she is repentant.
Flesh out this Irish language act.


Make it clear that it will never be a prerequisite to getting a job and that there will be no quotas for Irish language speakers in jobs then come back and talk about it.
 

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Flesh out this Irish language act.


Make it clear that it will never be a prerequisite to getting a job and that there will be no quotas for Irish language speakers in jobs then come back and talk about it.
You don't seem to realise where you are. This is Ireland.

You Unionists are merely experiencing the reality of squatting in another people's country called Ireland - so quit your bitching and moaning about it.

If you don't like squatting in Ireland - leave.
 

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Flesh out this Irish language act.


Make it clear that it will never be a prerequisite to getting a job and that there will be no quotas for Irish language speakers in jobs then come back and talk about it.
Definitely there should be quotas- in fact ideally no one should have a job in the public service for who doesn't speak Irish. However that isn't and hasn't ever been on the table. The proposed ILA doesn't go nearly as far as it should which is spitting on the grave of those murdered during An Gorta Mor.
 

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You don't seem to realise where you are. This is Ireland.

You Unionists are merely experiencing the reality of squatting in another people's country called Ireland - so quit your bitching and moaning about it.

If you don't like squatting in Ireland - leave.
He asks a perfectly legitimate question regarding a language act. Do you think it's appropriate that fluency or competency in Irish be a pre-requisite to getting a job?
 


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