Bogside bonfire shows how far Republicans have yet to travel

The Bogside bonfire which saw everything from Union Flags to poppy wreaths burnt last week was a disgrace, and a serious challenge to us all.

It came at the end of a week when Sinn Féin had been busy trying to look moderate, talking up the maintenance of the British identity in a United Ireland. Frankly, a little like maintenance of a frictionless border outside the EU Customs Union, these things are easier wished in theory than delivered in practice. Shocking proof was soon apparent in the form of a night of gratuitous offensiveness.

No doubt Sinn Féin’s defence would be that it was not its bonfire. This is irrelevant. It may add that it condemned the burning of flags and that, in fairness, is true. Nevertheless, they have contributed to a society in which a large group of Irish Republicans went out of their way to burn things which are cherished by their fellow citizens (those also being their would-be fellow citizens in any United Ireland).

It is of course a little rich to hear condemnation of this from Unionists who failed to challenge condemn similar outrages in July or indeed who cannot understand that Health and Safety law should apply equally to everyone equally including Loyalists. However, condemnation from Progressives was rightly swift, and questions should continue to be asked about how such an event came to take place and how anyone at all thought it was a good idea and a positive experience.

The Bogside bonfire was a disgusting festival of hatred. Work is required, not least from the new MP for the area, to ensure it never recurs.

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One thought on “Bogside bonfire shows how far Republicans have yet to travel

  1. Other paul says:

    “No doubt Sinn Féin’s defence would be that it was not its bonfire. This is irrelevant.”
    I’m bit sure how it’s irrelevant, this seems more like a wish than a statement of fact.

    XIt may add that it condemned the burning of flags and that, in fairness, is true.”
    In fairness it did more than that including actively removing bonfire material from places like the new lodge.

    “Nevertheless, they have contributed to a society in which a large group of Irish Republicans went out of their way to burn things which are cherished by their fellow citizens (those also being their would-be fellow citizens in any United Ireland).”
    We *all* have contributed to this society the difference being that only one section of the community is showing leadership by condemning these bonfires.

    “It is of course a little rich to hear condemnation of this from Unionists who failed to challenge condemn similar outrages in July”
    Funny but I don’t remember seeing anybody posts blogs in July condemning bonfires.

    I can empathise with the predicament of a British unionist who only sees the fear that the bogeyman is actually much farther on when it comes to being truly progressive.. I hope, but I fear it’s pointless that you’ll see I’m not advocating a united Ireland when i point this out, but just trying to highlight the gaps in your thinking

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