The wearin’ of the green, the courtin’ of the Queen

Submitted by Matthew on 25 April, 2012 - 9:41

Sinn Fein members on Belfast City Council will be supporting celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee due to take place in the city in June.

Quoted in the local paper News Letter in February, Sinn Fein councillor Conor Maskey said: “We took this decision not just as an act of generosity but to show that we are conscious of how important the Jubilee is to the unionist community.”

The anti-sectarian sentiment is indeed admirable and, as a bourgeois party entirely within the framework of “ordinary” bourgeois politics, why wouldn’t Sinn Fein support the celebrations?

But naïve “socialists” who think Sinn Fein are some kind of genuinely radical or progressive force have had another illusion shattered.

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