Being Irish I have a pretty good idea of the notion of victimhood.
We are all victims at some point in our lives. All of us. Whether it is at the hands of a tyrannical teacher, a parent or guardian, a tyrannical employer or a power drunken overpromoted boss. It could be an ex spouse or it could be a wronged lover. Or it could be a government. My contention is that it happens to us all and the only thing that allows it go unchallenged is the isolation of the victim.
That is why trade unionism is a good idea, admittedly the only branch of Unionism I agree with.
What I am saying here is that victimhood is a matter of context and degree and interpretation.
It is a commonly accepted principle that bad law is formed when it is drafted on the basis of individual cases. That is what has happened regarding the SPAD legislation. Regardless of the merits or otherwise of the bill, the reasons for the SDLP supporting it are deeply flawed. Two former (currently unelected) heavyweight members swung the internal argument, that is fine on an internal level but it is no way to make law.
When will politicians in this part of the world start to take a wider view?
We had the embarrassing sight of IPJ on question time last week called out for what he clearly was. A bigot. It took an English Moslem to do that.
Basil the Mac tweeted me tonight that his party is launching next week, thursday at 7pm. I’m not likely to support it as it is unlikely to support my own views but I think he may do serious damage to the remnants of the UUP and threaten the DUP in certain parts.
We live in interesting times