Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley: Every picture tells a story.

They say every every picture tells a story and as far as the photo at the top of this piece is concerned it is a sad and pathetic tale. For if ever there was an example of how far Sinn Fein’s leadership has been enticed into the mire of big business it is this photo of the north of Irelands very own ‘chuckle brothers’, Martin McGuinness alongside the religious bigot Ian Paisley when taking the begging bowl to the New York Stock Exchange. OK some might say having signed up for the mockney Stormont Administration Martin McGuinness as Paisleys deputy first Minister must go through the motions, perhaps but if so does he have to look like he is enjoying it so much. Ken Livingstone as Mayor of London has to mix in a similar unsavory environment but he manages to do it without losing his dignity.

The New York Stock Exchange is not some harmless and neutral force, but an organization which with a spin of its roulette wheel can impoverish billions of people around the world. We are now being told that whilst in New York one of the ‘Chuckle Brothers’ met Donald Trump; and attempted to entice him to come over to the north of Ireland and ruin part of the historic coastline with a housing project and golf course designed for the super rich. Trump is notorious for constructing these unsightly abominations around the world and to suggest Trump has no moral compass would be an understatement. After the construction of these so called millionaires paradises, the only advantages they bring to the local economy is at best minimum wage jobs. The disadvantages are numerous, not least once Trumps monstrosities are built in their wake come legions of mini monstrosities of the type favored by Ian Paisleys son.

In the past there have been rumors about Martin McGuinness being either a British informer or someone the UK State regarded as an asset worth protecting and encouraged his rise to the top of the greasy pole. I know nothing about any of this, but it does worry me that a man who claims to oppose both the British in Ireland and capitalism can appear so comfortable when he visits the powerhouses of global Capital.



Filed under EU/Germany/Politics/Trade Unions/unacceptable face of c, Ian Paisley, IRA, Irish politics, Martin McGuinness, New-York-stock-exchange, north of Ireland-Polıtıcs, socialism, UK, USA

4 responses to “Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley: Every picture tells a story.

  1. WorldbyStorm

    Hmmm… similar thoughts went through my mind. I’ve an interesting piece I intend to post up in the Left Archive soon which might bring the mind back to an earlier more radical incarnation of one of the two in the photograph. On the other hand… engagement with Unionism or stomping out of the Stock Exchange? Better the former, and … in fairness it strikes me that opposition to the British in Ireland has never necessarily had to take an anti-capitalist form…

  2. Garibaldy


    Do you never think that they didn’t mean any of the socialist stuff in the first place rather than the PSF leadership changing its mind en masse? A useful rhetoric, but one that very few people on the ground in places like Ardoyne or the Bogside, never mind south Armagh or east Tyrone, ever actually believed.

  3. Mick Hall


    I think you are mistaken here, you may well be correct about McG, but I personally know volunteers who came from the Ardoyne and the Bogside who were committed socialists in the 1970s and still are today. Admittedly the political education these people received whilst in jail played an important role in their politicization.

    It is probably relevant that many of those volunteers who avoided long periods in jail fall into your category.[McG]

    But this is hardly surprising as the overwhelming majority of provo volunteers were working class, there political understanding was on about the same level as the British army squadies they were fighting against and why would this not have been so.

    They were soldiers not political activists, and their officers job was to teach them to fight and stay alive in the process. There was little time for party conference etc, but never the less if today you were to sit down 200 former volunteers with 200 of their working class peers I would bet that the volunteers political consciousness was of a far higher level than their working class peers.

  4. Darcally

    It is a logical outcome Mick. Doesn’t surprise me in the least. The SF leaders have been on this path since the early nineties, with a few stalls and detours.

    It is the culmination of the process kicked off by Clinton and John Major and completed by Blair under the directions of his neo-con bosses.

    The Brit state had gotten plenty of mileage out of the IRA ‘terror’ but eventually it had to be put to rest to make way for the ‘global war on terror’ as directed by Washington.

    Of course this is putting it very simply but i am in the process of putting some meat on the bones in my current project, entitled ‘The British State and Terrorism’



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