Sinn Fein are not to blame, but rather we unionists have lost our self respect

A letter from Clive Maxwell:

Monday, 5th April 2021, 10:49 am
Updated Monday, 5th April 2021, 10:52 am
Edward Carson, who was Ulster Unionist leader in 1921. Britain had betrayed unionists, but Ulster refused to give in. Clive Maxwell says it is hard to believe we are their sons and daughters. "We have become so apathetic, selfish and lazy"

Sinn Fein continue to demonstrate their contempt for what they regard as an undemocratic state.

They work with it when it promotes their agenda, and undermine it as it suits.

For them it’s a win-win situation, and it makes unionist politicians look increasingly ridiculous.

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In this sorry mess the Irish government look on impassively, registering the odd ripple of concern, while twisting the knife — waiting to see how far we’ll sink.

They will not let us go under, it’s not in their interest. They will throw us a lifeline, on their terms: by that time, we will come cheap.

One hundred years ago a different generation stood tall, stood proud, and put everything on the line.

Britain had betrayed them, they make it a habit, but Ulster refused to give in, and became arbiters of their own fate.

They took destiny into their own hands, organised, came up with a strategic plan, and negotiated from a position of strength.

In doing that they earned even the respect of their enemies. That generation passed on.

It’s hard to believe we’re their sons and daughters. We have become so apathetic, selfish and lazy, to lay claim to their legacy is an insult.

We have lost our self-respect and are content to feed on the crumbs that fall from our master’s table.

Respect is something that has to be worked at, and it has to be earned, but we have lost that work ethic: and it could yet be the death of us.

We have grown fat and at ease, and lost the capacity to move. Even worse, we have inflicted this malaise on our children.

It is a poor return to those who, at great personal expense, gifted us our freedom.

Whatever your postcode, don’t flatter yourself, chains are still chains.

I don’t blame Sinn Fein, I blame those who bare their backs to the whips.

As for Irish nationalism, for all their fine words, at a time they need it most they lack a statesman.

They have got the scent of victory and are upping the stakes: it’s a gamble.

The dice don’t always roll your way: Irish history teaches that. The trick is, to resist temptation: and know when to cash in!

Clive Maxwell, Bleary, Co Down

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