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Time for Sinn Féin to play its part for Ireland's sake
UK opposition MPs are threatening to continue to meet in informal session when the House of Commons is prorogued.

Given that attendance at such sessions would not require an oath of allegiance to the queen, will Sinn Féin be attending those sessions to ensure the DUP is not the only party representing Northern Ireland?



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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Aug 31st, 2019 at 03:52:20 PM EST
shit or get off the pot, ancient afro-americans were heard to say.

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by Cat on Sat Aug 31st, 2019 at 04:06:09 PM EST
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Would be they be seated?  To attend even an informal session of Parliament a person has to be a member of parliament and the Sinn Fein delegates aren't because they refuse to give the oath.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sat Aug 31st, 2019 at 04:14:02 PM EST
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A good question. Depends on how you interpret "an informal" session of (some opposition) parliamentary members. It would be good for Sinn Fein to raise the issue. The independent didn't publish the second sentence of my letter:

"And while they are at it, shouldn't Sinn Fein be challenging the oath of allegiance in the courts? After all, the Good Friday Agreement guarantees "equality of esteem"  to both Nationalist and Unionist traditions, and yet Nationalists are denied representation in Parliament through an oath which is inimical to their beliefs and identity."

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Aug 31st, 2019 at 05:48:43 PM EST
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I humbly suggest there are two stock answers to any question about Sinn Fein:

  1.  No, but they are idiots

  2.  Yes, but they are idiots

Gerry Adams might have had the political instincts and the ability to cease the moment.  I know nothing about Michelle O'Neill or her advisors.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sat Aug 31st, 2019 at 07:48:23 PM EST
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"seize" not "cease"

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by ATinNM on Sat Aug 31st, 2019 at 07:50:43 PM EST
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they're in a cease fire but have not yet seized the Brexit moment...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Aug 31st, 2019 at 08:43:20 PM EST
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Sadly, it does seem Gerry Adams DOES have the political instinct to cease the moment - any moment.


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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Aug 31st, 2019 at 09:08:02 PM EST
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It's not clear how much influence Gerry Adans still has in Sinn Fein. True, Mary Lou McDonald and Louise O'Neill haven't exactly brought much change, and the party has done badly in recent polls, but I'm not sure it's Gerry holding them back. I think he would have been more of a player in UK politics were he still in charge. The Dublin leadership appear less interested... and seem to be waiting for  Varadker/Coveney to fall flat on their faces.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Sep 1st, 2019 at 12:27:31 PM EST
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Their lessening influence is easy to diagnose.  Why bother voting for a party whose primary political purpose is to not represent their constituents?  If I wanted to vote for a party to not represent me I'd vote for the Monster Raving Looney candidate and at least have some fun out of it.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Sep 1st, 2019 at 03:12:17 PM EST
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