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Demagogues and Demigods


Tommy Gorman • 20 June 2006

It must be is a matter of some amazement for outsiders observing the constant, petty bickering and pseudo politics that is proffered as representative democracy in this part of the world.

The two largest parties, the DUP and Sinn Fein have been shadow boxing for what feels like forever point-scoring over the most infantile and insignificant issues.

The strangest part of this unseemly mess is that the both parties are so similar in make up and policies that, to quote some commentator from the past, "you couldn't get a cigarette paper into the gap between them".

For a start the respective leaders will remain in control for just as long as they deem fit. Their positions of power have been and will remain unassailable.

Unlike normal political parties there is no dynamic within either party for change driven by a left right polarity.

In Sinn Fein and the DUP there is only right and wrong, what the leader says is right. Anything that challenges this is wrong.

In any other society this sickness would inevitably lead to the demise of the party but not here!

Demigods and demagogues their manoeuvrings and their right wing policies are tolerated by a weary electorate who deserve better.










































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Index: Current Articles

22 June 2006

Other Articles From This Issue:

The Framing of Michael McKevitt
Marcella Sands

Foreward to 'The Framing of Michael McKevitt'
Fr Des Wilson

Demagogues and Demigod
Tommy Gorman

Getting It Tight
John Kennedy

The Restoration of Restorative Justice
Marcel M. Baumann

DUP Analysis
Dr John Coulter

Father Faul
Fr. Sean McManus

Aiden Hulme Repatriation Picket
Paul Doyle

Prison Protest Begins
Republican Prisoners Action Group (RPAG), Republican Sinn Fein, Newry

New Hero, and a Legacy
Dr John Coulter

Charlie's Angel
John Kennedy

The Letters page has been updated.

Profile: Mehdi Mozaffari
Anthony McIntyre

The Blanket, the Cartoons and the End of Left and Right
Gabriel Glickman

The Blanket and the Cartoon Controversy: Anthony McIntyre Interviewed
Martyn Frampton

A Welcome End
Mick Hall

Anthony McIntyre

Freedom of Speech index

14 June 2006

The Mark of Cain
Anthony McIntyre

Debris of the Dirty War
Mick Hall

More Claims
Martin Ingram

Case Unproven
Anthony McIntyre

Chain Gang
John Kennedy

Better to Put the Past Behind US
David Adams

The Gamblers
Dr John Coulter

Diarmaid Ferriter's The Transformation of Ireland
Seaghán Ó Murchú

Profile: Caroline Fourest
Anthony McIntyre

Le «manifeste des douze» fait réagir
Caroline Fourest

Reaction to the Manifesto (English Translation)
Liam O Ruairc

Freedom of Speech index



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