The NI Protocol is latest instrument to rid the UK of Northern Ireland

A letter from Thomas Smyth:

Friday, 16th April 2021, 7:15 am
Letter to the editor

It has been clear for many decades that successive British governments have been committed to divesting Northern Ireland from the UK.

The NI Protocol is the most recent legislative instrument to that end and builds on previous acts of betrayal such as the NI Constitution Act 1973, the Anglo-Irish Agreement of 1985, and of course the Belfast Agreement in 1998.

The experience of having to ‘suck up’ legislation designed to degrade and diminish NI’s status within the UK, is forcing an increasing number of unionists to think the previously unthinkable, namely that successive Conservative and Labour led governments have facilitated a sectarian campaign of ethnic cleansing against British citizens in NI.

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It is beyond question that with such vastly superior military might, security and intelligence capabilities and economic clout, the UK could have crushed PIRA in short order, if such an outcome had been deemed to be in the national interest. It wasn’t.

The real losers in this tragic tale of betrayal are the thousands of innocent victims murdered and maimed by hate-filled human rights abusers. As connivers and career politicians play their part in whitewashing Sinn Fein’s past, it is the victims and their families who are left to pick up the broken pieces of their lives — abandoned by their own government.

In addition to the long overdue victims pension, they are also owed a truthful explanation and an apology.

Thomas Smyth, Belfast, BT4

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