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Re: Martin isn't to well
Post Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:39 pm
Posted by WIZEB on Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:39 pm
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To be fair Maggie died in a November.
Far superior for doing baked spuds in the bonfire at the bottom of the garden.
We had cheese and beans to accompany them, with heaps of cheap red wine.
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Re: Martin isn't to well
Post Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:19 pm
Posted by Famous on Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:19 pm
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:lol: I think you mean turn to politics because the armed struggle failed completely.

Nothing he did in his later years could ever forgive what went before. Evil, disgusting man. Some of the acts he participated in and sanctioned beggar belief. Anyone else would have been banged up for life or bumped off. Good riddance. Hopefully his Satan is having some fun with his nether regions right now.

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Talk about a simplistic view. I can understand why some British people may despise McGuiness, especially after decades or one sided media, but certainly without him there would also have been no ceasefire, GFA and subsequent peace in Northern Ireland. That is without doubt. He had the authority and respect to achieve this and managed to bring enough people and the IRA onside. He is still despised by many hard-line Republicans for doing so and is seen as a sell-out. Certainly a more moderate politician, someone like John Hulme, would never have been able to achieve what McGuiness has. I do find it funny though how people can so readily despise McGuiness but then will not understand why so many around the world despise people like Maggie Thatcher or the British Army.

McGuiness took the path he did because of the conditions that existed in Northern Ireland for Catholics at that time in Northern Ireland. This provided the support for the ‘armed struggle’ that you refer to and many others took the same path and\or supported those that did as they felt they had no choice. Catholics lived in squalor, were denied homes with even large families not getting homes before small Protestant families, were being burned out of their homes and they couldn't get jobs. They were discriminated against in every facet of life. For years they had tried peaceful Civil Rights movements and protests and these often resulted in attacks on them and even murder with events like Bloody Sunday. Gerrymandering meant that a democratic route did not exist with even areas that had overwhelming Catholic majorities seeing Catholic councillors being vastly outnumbered by Unionist councillors. State collusion meant that Loyalist murder gangs could kill at will, and the activities of the RUC, B Specials and Army well documented with more and more of this is being revealed on an almost weekly basis. With all this going on many Catholics felt they had no choice and there was simply no other avenue as they had no one else to look after them. It was this environment, and the inaction of the Official IRA, that led to the PIRA even coming into existence and having the support to do so. It is also what led to normal people like McGuiness joining.

Have Catholics got a better deal now than before the troubles? Without doubt. Conditions for Catholics hadn’t improved for 50 or so years before the troubles and are now infinitely better. Catholics are better represented at all levels, notably in the Police and NI Assembly and now have a lot more equal rights with both national identities recognised. The Good Friday Agreement also lays down the foundations for a United Ireland for the first time since partition, if the people on the island of Ireland agree. It’s just a pity that it took Unionists 25 or so years to basically agree and implement what is basically the Sunningdale Agreement with the Good Friday Agreement. If they had done so in 1973, instead of resorting to Loyalist violence and intimidation to bring it down, then they would have saved a great deal of trouble and removed the vast majority of support for the PIRA. Ironically Paisley was the prime mover behind this falling to bits despite him being such an advocate of the GFA when he had a sniff of power.
Re: Martin isn't to well
Post Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:34 pm
Posted by Exiled down south on Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:34 pm
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but then will not understand why so many around the world despise people like Maggie Thatcher or the British Army.


Who despises the British Army??
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Re: Martin isn't to well
Post Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:39 pm
Posted by Durham Giant on Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:39 pm
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A good send off for a true Irish leader in the mould of Michael Collins and James Connolly
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Re: Martin isn't to well
Post Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:26 pm
Posted by LifeLongHKRFan on Fri Mar 24, 2017 12:26 pm
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A good send off for a true Irish leader in the mould of Michael Collins and James Connolly

Why did they also order bombings of civilians?
Re: Martin isn't to well
Post Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:35 pm
Posted by Leaguefan on Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:35 pm
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Why did they also order bombings of civilians?

Ask "Bomber " Harris!
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Re: Martin isn't to well
Post Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:00 pm
Posted by Razor on Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:00 pm
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Durham Giant wrote:
https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2012/apr/18/britain-destroyed-records-colonial-crimes

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/fresh ... 41937.html

http://listverse.com/2014/02/04/10-evil ... sh-empire/



Here are a few more examples of insults to professional soldiers.

Thugs with uniforms and a British flag.

Bloody Sunday. And many more.

you are a idiot
Re: Martin isn't to well
Post Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:31 pm
Posted by wigan_rlfc on Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:31 pm
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Famous wrote:

Have Catholics got a better deal now than before the troubles? Without doubt. Conditions for Catholics hadn’t improved for 50 or so years before the troubles and are now infinitely better. Catholics are better represented at all levels, notably in the Police and NI Assembly and now have a lot more equal rights with both national identities recognised. The Good Friday Agreement also lays down the foundations for a United Ireland for the first time since partition, if the people on the island of Ireland agree. It’s just a pity that it took Unionists 25 or so years to basically agree and implement what is basically the Sunningdale Agreement with the Good Friday Agreement. If they had done so in 1973, instead of resorting to Loyalist violence and intimidation to bring it down, then they would have saved a great deal of trouble and removed the vast majority of support for the PIRA. Ironically Paisley was the prime mover behind this falling to bits despite him being such an advocate of the GFA when he had a sniff of power.


The Catholic population in Northern Ireland increased year after year following partition. Alright, voting opportunities were hindered but a better quality of life was available in the North.

If demographic trends continue the way they are going there will be a Catholic majority in the north within a few years but that doesn't necessarily mean that there will be a majority in favour of a united Irish republic. I can't see the Dublin government even wanting control of the North. Would they be able to deal with 1 million armed and angry protestants?
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Re: Martin isn't to well
Post Wed May 24, 2017 7:06 pm
Posted by Razor on Wed May 24, 2017 7:06 pm
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Durham Giant wrote:
Yup war is a nasty business. People die,

Is only bad when English people in England die.

If Iraqis or Syrians or Libyans that die is that alright.

McGuiness was a soldier who now campaigns for peace. Which is what your first link illustrates.

he was a terrorist
Re: Martin isn't to well
Post Thu May 25, 2017 8:23 pm
Posted by Durham Giant on Thu May 25, 2017 8:23 pm
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he was a terrorist


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