Alliance Offices attacked
Party spokesperson John Lowry has condemned the attacks on Alliance Party members homes and premises as despicable and bearing all the hallmarks of fascist mobs.
That the supposed pretext for these attacks is the issue of flags and identity is a reminder that Northern Ireland has failed to make progress towards the new type of society envisaged by the Good Friday Agreement and that sectarianism is alive and well and deeply rooted in society.
The triumphalism which has prompted this, and the predictable reaction that has followed, demonstrate why neither unionism nor nationalism have anything positive to offer the people of Northern Ireland who are concerned to build a better future, let alone deal with the serious social and economic difficulties facing thousands of families on a daily basis.
US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton will be visiting Northern Ireland in a fanfare of media hype and fawning adulation from the Stormont Executive, intent on peddling the myth that all is bright and rosy in the Northern Ireland garden. Let her ponder on the events of the last few days and ask her herself then if she thinks Northern Ireland society has changed for the good. Maybe the DUP and Sinn Fein should do like wise, something we in The Workers Party doubt they will, but those who vote for them should.
Comments by Party spokesperson John Lowry on the recent flags issue have been carried in a Channel 4 News report on the station’s website
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Flags and emblems a smokescreen
“The pitiful sight of thousands of people protesting outside Belfast City Hall about flags is matched only by a chamber full of councillors debating it inside”, Party General Secretary John Lowry has said.
“The real questions that must be asked about this tribal debacle are the ones that Sinn Fein and DUP voters in particular must ask of themselves.
While jobs are being lost, prices rising, homes being re-possessed, child poverty increasing and thousands of people across the city facing a daily ‘eat or heat’ dilemma, Councillors in Belfast are using flags and emblems as a smokescreen for their failure to even address these issues.
Sinn Fein and DUP supporters must now ask themselves “Do I really want to vote for a party that is happy to ignore social and economic realities to secure their own tribal positions”? concluded Mr Lowry.