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Monday, May 09, 2005

The end of a decent man

I don't think there are many decent people in politics but David Trimble was one. Following the disastrous performance of the Ulster Unionists he had to go. Under his leadership the party has declined from the majority voice in Northern Ireland to an irrelevance.

I suppose Trimble must take the blame for this, but his main fault was to trust that Blair would press the IRA to disband its private army in compliance with the Good Friday Agreement. The Protestant majority was very sceptical about this. They were persuaded by Trimble who used his considerable personal authority to assure them. They are persuaded no longer and they feel cheated.

Trimble had eloquence and integrity and was a steadfast worker for a peaceful and prosperous Northern Ireland. He was hung out to dry by Blair whose promises we have all learned to treat as empty.

2 Comments:

At 9 May 2005 at 18:22, Blogger Jorgen said...

"... his main fault was to trust that Blair would press the IRA to disband its private army in compliance with the Good Friday Agreement."

Yes, but an even more convincing argument was that he became first minister and got a big car. He was the only one in the UK that believed Blair would press the IRA. No, he was bought! But I suppose he was an honest politician: when bought, he stayed bought.

 
At 9 May 2005 at 19:08, Blogger rexie said...

I agree that the "big car" argument works with most politicians but I do believe David Trimble was an exception. I think he felt that Good Friday could work on the assumption that the British government didn't cave into the IRA at every opportunity.

Paisley believed the agreement would never work precisely because Blair lacked the courage to confront the IRA when they failed to comply with the agreement's terms. He was right of course. I expected him to be right. I imagine that Trimble feared he was right.

 

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