‘The British government has no right in Ireland, never had any right in Ireland and never can have any right in Ireland’ James Connolly
Kenny MacAskill’s speech to today’s SNP conference confirms what many of us had long suspected that the new Offensive Behaviour Bill is to be targeted at Scotland’s Irish community and in particular any expressions of Irishness the state find unacceptable, for instance support for Irish re-unification and the establishment of an Irish Republic. It is all the more shocking when you consider the background. All the released statistics show that Irish catholics are overwhelmingly more likely to be the victims of hate crimes than indigenous Scots. They are more liable to suffer health inequalities. they are more likely to end up in prison. Yet SNP are now bringing in legislation which is designed to target the victim community. Legislation which is to define a political expression as a crime in terms of its acceptability to the British state and particularly in relation to its continuing occupation of the six counties.
That MacAskill uses language like ‘dragging people into the 21st century’ when describing those who oppose this legislation merely serves to illustrate the point that the SNP are unable to deal with legitimate criticism of this Bill. Those of us who oppose this law are not backward, or stupid, or bigots we are standing up for our right to freedom of speech and cultural and political expression. Moreover we are the same people who have for decades urged Scotland to deal with its anti-Irish racism and anti catholic bigotry. Sadly they seem intent on making the situation worse not better.
Here’s a song that reminds me of the monarchist SNP