June 2012        

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The rise of Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin are going places. They continue to rise in the opinion polls, as indicated in the latest one, which was on Friday 20 April. This was encouraging for the dedicated party members whose objective is to be the biggest party within the two jurisdictions. Unfortunately, this has come at a price that will surely come back to haunt them in years to come.
     Sinn Féin are now doing exactly what Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour have done, which is playing to the middle class and trying to encourage them to come on board. Take note how their political language has changed over the years, and yet they work hard in keeping that all-important sector, the working-class voter, satisfied.
     In September 2008 they accepted the Government banking guarantee and then rejected it, showing a weakness in their strongly held socialist principles. The Labour Party were right when they said that under pressure they will toe the populist line.
     The party expansion, ever since that decision back in 1981 after the hunger strike, when the Northern leadership wanted power and saw a huge potential that would eventually end and a realisation that the “Long War” was going nowhere and people were becoming numbed and fed up with the continued wasteful taking of life.
     This writer can recall the great articles written by men and, more importantly, women who were in the prisons during the 1970s and 80s and the pamphlets, leaflets and magazines which took a detailed analysis of the real politics of Marx, Engels, Mellows and Connolly. When this writer asked some time ago where are the pamphlets and leaflets that were done then and have not been repeated and never seen since, I was told that only a party like our own can do this.
     The last presidential election also brought more focus on their policies and to me their shady attitude to one of the most fundamental questions facing this country today: European Imperialism. Not once did their candidate say anything that would upset their new “admirers,” and this above all showed me that it was time to leave a party that many of us have supported a very, very long time.
     The latest move towards the centre will be a handshake or a cordial meeting with the Queen, the head of the British armed forces, who are responsible for war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan and many others places throughout the globe.
     Yes, things are looking up for Sinn Féin.
     Paul Doran
     Clondalkin
     Co. Dublin

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