McGuinness calls for end to UK link

Oxford Mail: Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness says that Northern Ireland can govern itself Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness says that Northern Ireland can govern itself

Martin McGuinness has called on people in Britain to press the Government to end its constitutional link with Northern Ireland.

Sinn Fein's Deputy First Minister with the power-sharing executive in Belfast also questioned the need for the continued existence of a Secretary of State.

The transfer of remaining powers would be a massive vote of confidence in the political institutions as well as a massive saving to the Exchequer.

In an address at the London School of Economics, he declared: "As Ian Paisley said to me during our first meeting 'Martin, we can rule ourselves, we do not need these direct rule ministers coming over here telling us what to do'."

Northern Ireland has had a British Secretary of State based in Hillsborough Castle, Co Down, since 1972. It followed the suspension of the Stormont Parliament because of civil unrest at the time.

But 14 years after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement, Mr McGuinness said there was also a need for a change in British Government policy in relation to the Union.

The MP for Mid Ulster said: "It has been often said that the Easter Rising marked the end of the British Empire as it was known. The days of colonialism and domination had to end. Peoples' right to national self-determination and freedom would have to take preference to the economic needs of the colonial masters.

"And I say that, not to be provocative or to engage in rhetoric, but to simply mark out a significant landmark on the historical road which has led us to where we are now. The years preceding and following the First World War were a time of great political and constitutional upheaval for the British State. And I firmly believe that we are now living through a similar period of massive change - obviously not as dramatic as 100 years ago, but significant change nonetheless.

"In constitutional terms, whereas the Rising marked the beginning of the end of the Empire as people knew it, it is my belief that the Good Friday Agreement marked the end of the Union, as we know it."

That belief, he said, had been strengthened and confirmed not just by what was happening in Ireland, but also with events elsewhere, with the demand for Scottish independence and greater Welsh autonomy. The constitutional fabric of the British State had been changed forever, he claimed.

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8:04pm Mon 30 Apr 12

Agenda21=Fascism says...

This is so last century.

It reminds me of Alex Salmond and his bunch of flag-waving, sell-out cronies - and all the Prime Ministers of Gt Britain going back even beyond the traitor Ted Heath come to that.

All serving the globalist agenda covertly by sowing discord and division within their own borders, while pretending to actually believe in the ridiculous fairy tales they feed their confused brethren.

Eighty-five percent of so-called British 'laws' originate in the just-can't get-it's-accounts-si
gned off EU and most of the rest where birthed in the totalitarian monstrosity known as the UN to boot.

Independence? Sovereignty? Democracy? Are you kidding me?

What a farce...
This is so last century. It reminds me of Alex Salmond and his bunch of flag-waving, sell-out cronies - and all the Prime Ministers of Gt Britain going back even beyond the traitor Ted Heath come to that. All serving the globalist agenda covertly by sowing discord and division within their own borders, while pretending to actually believe in the ridiculous fairy tales they feed their confused brethren. Eighty-five percent of so-called British 'laws' originate in the just-can't get-it's-accounts-si gned off EU and most of the rest where birthed in the totalitarian monstrosity known as the UN to boot. Independence? Sovereignty? Democracy? Are you kidding me? What a farce... Agenda21=Fascism

8:51pm Mon 30 Apr 12

HerbertC says...

Surely the right to self-determination means that if the people of N.Ireland want to stay British, they should be able to? Or does Mr McGuiness only believe in "delf-determinism" when it gets what he wants. Bombing hasn't worked, so we'll try democracy now...
Also amuses me when he tries to imply NI is a "colonial" situation. It's never been a colony, it's always been part of the UK. Perhaps if he's looking for a "modern" view, he should give up trying to force a united Ireland.
Surely the right to self-determination means that if the people of N.Ireland want to stay British, they should be able to? Or does Mr McGuiness only believe in "delf-determinism" when it gets what he wants. Bombing hasn't worked, so we'll try democracy now... Also amuses me when he tries to imply NI is a "colonial" situation. It's never been a colony, it's always been part of the UK. Perhaps if he's looking for a "modern" view, he should give up trying to force a united Ireland. HerbertC

11:32pm Mon 30 Apr 12

doonhamer says...

HerbertC wrote:
Surely the right to self-determination means that if the people of N.Ireland want to stay British, they should be able to? Or does Mr McGuiness only believe in "delf-determini
sm" when it gets what he wants. Bombing hasn't worked, so we'll try democracy now...
Also amuses me when he tries to imply NI is a "colonial" situation. It's never been a colony, it's always been part of the UK. Perhaps if he's looking for a "modern" view, he should give up trying to force a united Ireland.
As you fail to comprehend "Britain" is on it's way out. None of the Celtic countries want to be ruled by the English.... and why should they ? A person born in Ireland, whether in the 26 counties of the Republic or in 6 of Ulsters 9, is Irish before they are British, or perhaps you think all Ulstermen are British ???? Ireland as far as 99% of the world is ONE country, ask all those who celebrate St Patricks Day. Only the English have a problem with this, why ?.Peace and goodwill to all is all that the Irish want and the right to govern and rule their own country, is that wrong ?. Yes you are right when you say violence hasn't worked, British soldiers end up the same way whether it's in Afganistan, The Falklands, Iraq or the streets of Belfast or Derry. They are "foreign" soldiers, armed and in uniform, surpressing innocent peoples at the whim of their bigoted government and must face the consequences of their deeds for their ignorance.
[quote][p][bold]HerbertC[/bold] wrote: Surely the right to self-determination means that if the people of N.Ireland want to stay British, they should be able to? Or does Mr McGuiness only believe in "delf-determini sm" when it gets what he wants. Bombing hasn't worked, so we'll try democracy now... Also amuses me when he tries to imply NI is a "colonial" situation. It's never been a colony, it's always been part of the UK. Perhaps if he's looking for a "modern" view, he should give up trying to force a united Ireland.[/p][/quote]As you fail to comprehend "Britain" is on it's way out. None of the Celtic countries want to be ruled by the English.... and why should they ? A person born in Ireland, whether in the 26 counties of the Republic or in 6 of Ulsters 9, is Irish before they are British, or perhaps you think all Ulstermen are British ???? Ireland as far as 99% of the world is ONE country, ask all those who celebrate St Patricks Day. Only the English have a problem with this, why ?.Peace and goodwill to all is all that the Irish want and the right to govern and rule their own country, is that wrong ?. Yes you are right when you say violence hasn't worked, British soldiers end up the same way whether it's in Afganistan, The Falklands, Iraq or the streets of Belfast or Derry. They are "foreign" soldiers, armed and in uniform, surpressing innocent peoples at the whim of their bigoted government and must face the consequences of their deeds for their ignorance. doonhamer
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