It’s entirely possible to criticise Sinn Fein – they are the most ghastly little set of socialists after all. About the last remaining enclave of Marxism outside Jezza’s office. It’s even possible to disagree with them – no, England is not responsible for all that has befallen Ireland over the generations. But to criticise Sinn Fein for saying what Sinn Fein is does strike as more than a little odd.
There are those who think that England and the English are responsible for much of what has befallen Ireland. That there’s a group insisting that the English leave seems fair enough therefore. And to critique them for doing just what they’re elected to do does seem churlish at the least.
— Sinn Féin (@sinnfeinireland) 16 March 2019
By birth and culture I’m on the English side of this. Blimey, you’re still going on about it? Didn’t you all decide on this back in 1921? Both a vote and a war? By at least partial descent I’m on the other. Shrug, complicated place the modern world.
But this is silly:
However, many politicians have taken to social media to demand an explanation from Sinn Fein, with many unionist representatives saying the banner was “anti-British”.
Well, yes, it is. That’s the point of Sinn Fein isn’t it?
“It should come as no surprise that Sinn Féin wants a new United Ireland under the provisions of Good Friday Agreement.”
That being rather what Sinn Fein is for. As they themselves point out:
Sinn Féin said the criticism was “faux outrage” and “political point scoring”.
Seriously, this is like demanding an explanation from Paul Holland waving a “We Like Cake” banner. It’s what he’s for.