Martin McGuinness, the one time terrorist turned peace negotiator and peace advocate, has died aged 66, after an illness. He had resigned his post as Northern Ireland’s Deputy 1st Minister, back in January due to ill health. As a Youth McGuinness had risen through the ranks of the Provisional Irish Republican Army, (Provisional IRA) and become its Quartermaster, in other words the person who dispensed the guns, bullets and bombs to kill UK nationals. Much of this was indiscriminate, hence many casualties of ordinary people (Children included) going about their daily lives, Democracy continued unabated through all this.
killing arm of Sinn Fein
He was brought into peace talks back in the 1980s, when Willie Whitelaw started secret negotiations with the Provisional IRA, which was the armed and killing arm of Sinn Fein, the Republican movement in Ireland that tried bringing Northern Ireland into the whole of the Irish Republic. Later when the great Mo Mowlam was conducting peace talks, McGuinness appears to have started to change his attitude towards peace talks and taken them up with vigour.
As time progressed and age along with it wisdom, started to show him talking was a better way to advance his Politics, than killing people, he came over to the talks side with full vigour. Michael McGuinness, was a person who started out hating, and learnt that talking and listening to ones opponents had superior attributes, than killing people, unfortunately he was directly responsible for many people, children included, being killed, in his last years he learnt that talking, peace and Democracy were superior. In fact part of that seems to have come home to him with his relationship with his one time foe Ian Paisely, the two were renowned for their banter, so much so they became nicknamed ~The Chuckle Brothers~. Unfortunately there will be many victims families not having a smile on their faces, however to his credit, in the end he did show remorse, and backed talking, over bullets to the full.
the deafening silence from the many prominent Muslims in the UK
There has been a in Westminster, one lone person, four victims. Worse has happened, Britain will continue to prosper, Islam will be the worse for it. One thing to note is the deafening silence from the many prominent Muslims in the UK. It doesn’t wash and it doesn’t go unnoticed, if Islam wants to become mainstream in UK, it needs to change its stance. There is a line by Richard Burton as the eponymous hero in the 1956 film, Alexander the Great, ~Greece isn’t a place it’s an Idea~. Islam doesn’t seem to understand that the same could be said about Britain, it isn’t just a place, it’s an idea, Britain continues despite having had the greatest Empire the world has seen, but gave it up voluntarily, because the time had come to change. Britain was built on a vague idea of fairness, whatever that means, but it adapts, it accommodates, Britain built the modern world, and continues to help shape the World, Islam just seems intent on taking it backwards, the flow of History has passed it by.
Islam needs to understand, ~English Common Law~ has been around longer than Islam, (It was 1st written down by St. Augustine in 600 ad, and predates that) it has survived as an adaptable idea, and Britain gave most of the world its idea of Modern Democracy in 18th Century, and then Industrialised the world in 19th Century. The world has changed, Britain has changed and along with Democracy, continues to be a world leader, in a world it has created. Islam is in a civil war with itself, many Muslims choose the texts that are based on hate, and then try to preach peace, it can’t have it both ways, it needs to learn, and pick and choose, until it does, it will always lose, and remaining silent while people die, doesn’t endear itself to people who take time out to contemplate the results of needless deaths.
The EU is doomed, to failure
Triggering Article 50
So March 29th 2017 sees the triggering of Article 50 and Britain’s rise from member State of a none Democratic Economic Union that wants a Political Union of all its member States based on a Fascist/Communist idea Statehood. The EU is doomed, to failure, Democracy continues to flourish and as a consequence Britain is exiting. I suspect there will be no short term fallout, within the rest of the Member EU States, until the proper negations start. Then there will be a drip, drip, drip of opposition, as it becomes clear, Britain is not doomed, but quietly prospers.
Who will be the first EU member to apply to become a Commonwealth member?
I’m being serious, once out of, EU, the Commonwealth will become more important, its stature within Westminster will rise up the agenda, with MPs becoming more fervent of its possibilities and the opportunities it brings. As the EU Member States hit the first economic troublesome hurdles, and Britain makes a deal with say, India, Malaysia, Singapore or wherever, the Baltic States, Balkan States, Portugal, Spain, Cyprus, already a member but could that draw Greece in, may look with envy, that Britain has NOT turned into a backwater and just the opposite, has prospered where they are just meandering along, more surprising things have happened in History.
My money would be on one of the Baltic States making the first overtures?
For those from abroad, William Wordsworth (Poet Laureate 1813-1843) wrote one of the most famous English Poems, about Westminster Bridge where the Terrorist attack took place.
Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill;
Ne’er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
The river glideth at his own sweet will:
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still!