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Sunday, February 19, 2012


Jim McVeigh , PSF poacher turned gamekeeper.....

"Talk of Socialism, collectivism etc is all nonsense, people running around waving red flags is an embarrassment...."
- the words of Provisional Sinn Féin leader , head of the Provisional Sinn Féin Trade Union Department and leader of Belfast City Council, Jim McVeigh ,as spoken in the Waterfront Conference Centre , Belfast, on Saturday 11th February 2012.
It seems that these political misfits are not just content to welcome a British 'queen' to Irish soil , but also view their stated pro-working/unemployed-class policies as yet another 'chip' to be traded and/or ditched if doing so will integrate them further with the 'establishment'. Then there's this -

- a photograph taken earlier this month (Friday 10th February 2012) of the Provisional Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Belfast , Niall Ó Donnghaile, (right) having a nice cup of Earl Grey with the British Secretary of State , the 'Right Honourable' Owen Paterson MP , in the 'Parlour' of Belfast City Hall. Niall , the 'Pet Rebel' , then took his new friend , Owen , on a tour of the Big House.

And , as with other members of that 'establishment' , he and his party continue , for now, to benefit from 'selling' something that they don't possess and, more than likely , never possessed in the first place - political integrity. Until such time as the 'buyers' cop-on , these snakeoil salespeople will continue to prosper.

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