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17/9/04
Sinn Fein shows more decency than the PUP

The FAIR delegation at the Talks in Leeds Castle resumed their positions at the gates this morning in a continuing effort to get the victims’ message out to the masses, and the politicians themselves. William McCrea and David Trimble amongst others took the time to meet with the victim’s representatives at the gate, a gesture which has been greatly appreciated.

As the various parties gathered together in the morning, Sinn Fein and the PUP were being driven into the grounds. The Sinn Fein representatives had the courtesy to acknowledge the picketers and wave, but the PUP seemed to be in a more “progressive” mood and chose to ignore them and push on to the castle. The animosity shown was not lost on those who were present, and it was indicative of the low calibre of these men that they would not even deign to acknowledge the 4 representatives.

At least those from the Republican side have the decency to recognize the victims in a courteous manner. This small and seemingly insignificant event underlines the PUP’s alienation of ordinary Protestants. They are rapidly losing their mandate, and behaviour like that displayed at the gates of the Castle will do them no favours.

 



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