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Divis Sweeney BS: Loyalist and Republican Websites (21) RE: BS: Loyalist and Republican Websites 02 Nov 06

Thank you for that Teribus.
Jimmy C has sumed it up well here. Recently the electoral office sent out new forms for people wishing to register to vote. They revealed that the number of completed forms they received this year has been a lot lower than previous. I do hope all political parties get this message, people are simply fed up with all of them. One day it's on the next day it's off.

This is the breakdown as I see it on the ground.
Paisleys DUP initially told their electorate they would only go into the assembly to wreck it. So they have moved on a little. Their wish list of demands is growing by the day, this is stalling for time in my opinion.

Sinn Fein got the guns off the PIRA, got them to disband and end punishment beatings. All on the promise that a bright new future lay ahead. The government asked Chris Patton to compile a report on the changes needed in policing. There are still a lot of the recommendations the government accepted to be implemented. Sinn Fein are finding this hard to sell this to it's electorate.
Sinn Fein will join the policing board with or without all the changes in place.

As for Loyalists, their focus seemed more towards European immigrants than republicans at the moment. Their groups remain armed and their organisations intact. No pressure being put on them to disband.

The largest group over here is the man or woman in the street. They care more about what is going on in their lives right now than over paid politicans doing sod all for their wages.

There is a simple way to resolve all of this. Give all parties notice that the doors to local government will be open on the 1st of January 2007. Any party wishing to take part can do so. It will initially be chaired by both governments just to get it off the ground. Those who do not wish to attend can collect their P45.

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