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Welcome back, David. Now, go away again!


Eamon Sweeney • 9 May 2006

Dear David,

It's been a while old friend. How have you been? It looks like the lure of even long faded limelight still holds its attractions for you. Still haven't learned your lessons I see. You are still like the stubborn, jaded and lesser-spotted Bitter-moth heading inexorably a fiery doom. If you were trying to commit suicide I wouldn't mind so much. But not even you can commit suicide twice, even if was the political variety.

Tell me, why are you rearing your head above the battered parapet again to tell us your theories about why Republicans have not done enough to satisfy Unionist demands? Before you whole-heartedly participated in the destruction of your own party by bending over to accommodate Sinn Fein you seemed trusting enough.
Joint Authority you tell us will not 'fly'. Why not, prey tell? Surely, if memory serves me correctly, there were plenty of times when you practically begged the British Government to press ahead and leave nationalists peering through the gates at Castle Buildings. Now, presumably that the shoe is on the other foot you have regained the vigour of your youth.

What are you going to do on November 25th, David, if Joint Authority suddenly develops wings? Will you dig up old Billy Craig, jump back on the platform and reconvene the Vanguard to "Liquidate the enemy"?

What about another big strike? You may find it harder this time round to locate as many hard working Protestants to run to your aid, if only because nobody has a job. Furthermore in the intervening years, industry has gone to the wall, so you won't be able to grind the 'Province' to a halt. You and your ilk smashed the Unions, so they won't come to your assistance either. What about the UDA? Oh sorry I forgot, they're too busy making money.

Who exactly were you representing on last Sunday's Politics Show? It wasn't the UUP that's for sure. You wouldn't have the gall to back the DUP would you? Of course you would because you followed their policies often enough when your own failed.

Are you seeking Unionist unity in the face of the Romanist hoards? Will you don your sullied sash this summer and tread the melting tarmac in pursuit of some hackneyed notion of yesteryear?

I have to say that I didn't know that you were a fan of situation comedies until I saw you star in that one off on BBC3 recently. Someone suggested to me that it was actually a dicumentary (no I did spell it correctly, thank you), but I told them to wise up. You must be getting a few bob for the re-runs on UKTV Gold. You're a desperate man altogether. Imagine listening to Elvis and opera, Jesus, that cracked me up.

Anyway, I have to go. My toe-nails need cutting and it's only fifteen minutes until Celebrity Jigs and Reels starts! Yes I've much more important things to be doing. It's a shame you don't.

Yours insincerely,
























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Index: Current Articles

11 May 2006

Other Articles From This Issue:

The Incorruptible
Anthony McIntyre

Ruarí Ó Brádaigh: Robert White's biography of a Republican idealist
Seaghán Ó Murchú

Can of Worms
John Kennedy

The Wrong Man
Martin Ingram

Gotta Be Cruel to be Kind
Dr John Coulter

Revising the Rising?
Forum Magazine Editorial

Solving the Irish Problem
Michael Gillespie

Geoffrey Cooling

Thank You, Bobby Sands
Fred A. Wilcox

Welcome Back, David. Now, Go Away Again!
Eamon Sweeney

Give Them That Auld Tyme Religion
Dr John Coulter

Meal Ticket
John Kennedy

Examples of Dialogue
Conn Corrigan

Two-State Solution
Mick Hall

Peter King - Still Irish America's Champion
Patrick Hurley

Statements on the Murder of Michael McIlveen
RSF; 32 County Sovereignty Movement

Profile: Chahla Chafiq
Anthony McIntyre

Freedom of Speech index

18 April 2006

Grave Secrets
Anthony McIntyre

Spoiled Rotten
David Adams

Let Bygones be Bygones
Mick Hall

Urgent Memo — Judas Was One of the Bad Guys!
Dr John Coulter

Cluedo in Donegal
Anthony McIntyre

Easter Message
John Kennedy

Óglaigh na hÉireann Easter Statement
The Sovereign Nation

IFC Easter Statement, 2006
Joe Dillon

Lincoln's Despair
John Kennedy

Fred A. Wilcox

Hamas Being Forced to Collapse
Sam Bahour

Profile: Philippe Val
Anthony McIntyre

Freedom of Speech index



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