Working together

What a speech! Well, I would say that wouldn’t I? There is no way that a neutral would not have been moved by it. It had a powerful theme running through it. It had vibrancy. It was passionate. It was patriotic. It was inspiring. It was Churchillian.

We were reminded, as we have been throughout the conference, that the Liberal Democrats are playing their part. It is an example to everybody that there are times when we have to put adversarial politics to one side to build alliances in the National Interest. That alliance is, in itself, a source of inspiration.

I could say a lot of more specific things about the speech. I will leave the newspapers with the detail. What I would like to get across is the power of the theme.  It was a call to everybody in the Country to take their share of strain and pain.  In a nutshell, we are all being told that we have a contribution to make to a better, more cohesive, more prosperous society.  We have to work hard but there is a reward to look forward to and we will have prevented an even bigger mess for the next generation.

We should be working together.   Contrast Martin McGuiness.  Observe his attitude towards spending cuts and his dismissive attitude towards Owen Paterson’s invitation to consider the costs of segregation.

There is no sense in McGuinness’s mind that the economic pain should be shared, even though the Nation which he covets we should join is suffering much greater pain. There is no willingness to contribute any alternative thinking. There does not seem to be any desire, whatsoever, to engender a cross-community spirit into the Northern Irish people. No, he wants to retain their selfish “ourselves alone” detachment.  His country doesn’t need him!

We know that Sinn Fein is an ultra socialist party. If they had been in control of raising taxes and borrowing money, we know that we would be Greece.  Still, they do bear much of the responsibility for our present economic ills in Northern Ireland.   A public sector which represents 77% of Northern Ireland’s GDP is their legacy.  You would think they would want to do something useful to expunge the memory of it. 

They now have elected politicians. They are there to do a job. People expect that of them. If they are not prepared to rise to the plate and take some responsibility, there is only one justified way forward for Sinn Fein politicians.  Resign.

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2 Responses to Working together

  1. Phil Larkin says:


    a great post. Even though I’m a Labour voter, and originally from the Province (now living and working in S.E. England), I too was quite impressed with Cameron’s speech, and believe that this Government does have the potential to leave behind a solid record of achievement which may be built upon by future administrations. It is significant that Ed Miliband appears to be taking on board Alastair Darling’s advice about cutting the deficit, and it is likely that the Labour Opposition will not shriek too loudly about many of the inevitable spending cuts.

    I have been writing for a number of years now that Sinn Fein’s achilles’ heel is the field of economics. The Party hierarchy simply does not have a clue about the modern global economy and what makes it tick. Plain and simple. This is a reality which neither the UUP and the SDLP has never truly hammered home. In fact, Alex Attwood seems to be bent on some sort of quixotic mission to prevent benefit cuts in NI, an endeavour which is, quite frankly, a waste of time. Neither is the SDLP’s section on the local economy in their manifesto anything to write home about either.

    However, there are a number of nuances which you perhaps could have drawn attention to in the above post. The first: the very fact of Martin McGuinness’ presence at a Conservative Party conference demonstrates just how far SF have been drawn into the open political process and, indeed, the governmental establishment. Secondly, Mc Guinness has recently made calls for the private sector economy to be expanded in NI. These calls had the ring of truth about them. I suspect that Mc Guinness, closer to the realities of power and government than Gerry Adams, realises more clearly that the local economy will have to be rebalanced in the coming years. This is perhaps a paradox which other political groupings could use to their advantage?

    • Seymour Major says:


      Firstly, thank you for your kind opening words.

      I was not ready, in this post, to acknowledge that McGuinness was in Birmingham for any reason which would lead to good. If his visit there happens to help with his education on the wider political front, that is to be welcomed.

      I completely agree with you about SF’s cluelessness on the economy. I have sometimes joked that is the real reason why they dont take their seats at Westminster.

      When I first saw Martin McGuiness on TV giving a speech as DFM to the Assembly, my abiding memory was his difficulty in saying the word “productivity.” Contrast that with how easily the word “equality” rolls off his tongue and those of his party colleagues. Perhaps McGuinness is beginning to pick up some of the reality but I will need some harder evidence of that before I give him any credit for being an authority on the subject.

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