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From Pig to Man and Man to Pig

Tommy Gorman

Many and diverse explanations and analyses have been proffered to account for the significant drop in numbers of voters in particular constituencies. With one exception, Sinn Fein, the local parties have stated, with varying degrees of satisfaction, that the loss of a sizable number of voters can be put down to newer, stricter procedures employed by the electoral authorities. The new measures, we were informed, allowed for the overdue ‘burial’ of those thousands of dead who voted early and often for Sinn Fein in the many elections since that party decided to dip its snout into the constitutional trough.

Sinn Fein, denying the personation slur, voiced anger that so many of their supporters had been disenfranchised through bureaucratic red tape and incompetence on the part of the Electoral Office.

It would appear that no one has yet to suggest that voter apathy or antipathy is in any way connected to the substantial gaps that have appeared in electoral registers particularly in constituencies with a republican majority.

After a catalogue of humiliating climb-downs sold to the base as strategic victories even the most pliant and faithful Sinn Fein voter must be questioning the political integrity of the leadership, a leadership that is too ready to abandon any and all of its erstwhile progressive principles to reconcile the irreconcilable. Many people were drawn into our struggle confident that real, positive change could be brought about on the basis of these principles. Alas, it seems, lessons from the past were ignored to gain the illusion of power.

Sinn Fein’s unseemly rush to gain respectability with political and corporate America will continue unchecked despite the fact that the U.S A. is preparing to visit even more slaughter upon the already devastated people of Iraq. Any protest by erstwhile anti-imperialists should be weighed against the readiness of Sinn Fein personnel to with those planning, sanctioning and financing this bloody venture.

Now, stripped bare of any pretence at radical republicanism Sinn Fein has become indistinguishable from the constitutional right-wing mulch that passes for politics at Stormont. When given the opportunity once more Sinn Fein will, with relish and energy, administer very bad British rule in this part of Ireland.

“Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again but already it was impossible to say which was which”.
- Animal Farm, George Orwell 1946








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