“They are scum. They are the vermin in politics… We should put them in a barrell and leave them to it.”
No one could fail to wonder what is going on the head of someone who writes something like that. The sheer hatred (yet the author claimed to be Christian in other writings), the sheer de-humanization (the author viewed the target people as no better than rats), the sheer scale of the implicit threat (round them up and let them rot).
Let us be frank, if it was suggested that this quote came directly from a Nazi with reference to Communists or Jews, we would be unsurprised.
The truth of it is genuinely shocking.
For the above is a quote from Northern Ireland on 30 November this year.
At midnight of the night of Wednesday/Thursday, after a paint bombing of a house which could have killed a baby, the same author opined:
“The matter of the fact is APNI [Alliance Party of Northern Ireland] it’s your own fault”
Again, you have to wonder how anyone with any sense of basic compassion or humanity could write that in the circumstances.
Let us a remind ourselves of those circumstances: a party’s democratically elected representatives go into a Council Chamber and vote in line with clearly publicly stated party policy. As a result, one is intimidated out of her home; a young couple in another Council is forced to leave with a young baby; many others are forced from their workplaces – and it’s their own fault?
Here is the shocking truth of it…
the author was a student at Queen’s University, a member of the Ulster Unionist Party, and an office holder in the party’s youth wing.
And here’s the even more shocking truth of it…
she still is.