I really feel, I should send out a warm and hearty congratulations, to our local politicians for a job well done. I caught the news headlines tonight, floods in Houston, missiles over Japan and WW3 looming large on the horizon but meanwhile over here in the political imaginarium of la,la land, there has been a coming together of parties (all say, awwwh!) to (wait for it!!) press for an Irish language Act (now don’t it just warm the cockles of your ‘eart) and according to Sinn Fein et al, there will be no assembly until they get it. (Ya boo sucks to you! So, there!)
I live in a socially (among other things) deprived area where we have always had higher unemployment rates than the rest of the UK, and back in the 70's, I think we even held the No 1 position for unemployment black-spot for the whole of Europe! Not forgetting, the most bombed town outside of Belfast!! Ta da! Beat that Damascus!
Unemployment is only one of the issues needing addressing around here and I was sitting a few months ago counting how many people I knew who had died either by suicide or from alcoholism, and the total came to almost 40. This was one of the reasons why I deferred my final OU year to get involved with the Waving Not Drowning show. When the show played in our local theatre, not one, and I will repeat that -
NOT ONE, POLITICAL REPRESENTATIVE FROM ANY PARTY,
NOT ONE, PERSON FROM ANY OF OUR COMMUNITY GROUPS,
NOT ONE DOCTOR OR NURSE, FROM ANY OF THE HEALTH CENTRES IN THE ENTIRE STRABANE DISTRICT, SHOWED UP TO WATCH IT!
And up in Stormont, they're demanding an Irish Language Act before any political movement on anything because that really is where the priorities are around here. In the midst of the fire of unemployment, alcoholism, suicide and let’s not forget that other old remnant from the ‘trouble’s’ PTSD; our politicians fiddle around with an Irish Language Act because it so necessary to the well-being of the population and demonstrates just how concerned they are about us. They really do have our best interests at heart and those fingers are right on the pulse of the nation. Not to mention how necessary it is to show how welcoming, culturally diverse and accepting we all are.
So stand up, all you NI politicians and take a bow! Take a large bow for being so completely up yourself, not to mention, deluded, with your big overblown ego and totally distorted sense of proportion. Take a bow for all those languishing on the dole, for all those who are drinking themselves into an early grave or those who have sunk so low into the pit of despair that they feel their only option is to hang, overdose, shoot or drown themselves.
And take a really big bow for those who are crippled with anxiety and depression! The nervous wrecks left behind from having to grow up in a war zone and who have to, day and daily, face the murals and monuments to death and destruction. Those constant reminders of just how totally fecking miserable it was here, throughout that whole rotten period.
Yes! Take a great big bow! For God knows, how hard you must be working to take home that 50 grand a year plus expenses, not forgetting the other 60 grand for Parliament (and this is especially to Sinn Fein who don't even have to bother taking their seats!) Well done to you all!! Congratulate yourselves on your blind arrogance and self-righteous grand-standing!
Because, at the end of the day, just think how important it is to be able to demonstrate your patriotic credentials by writing your suicide note in Irish...slan abhaile!