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An extract from Jim Allister MLA’s contribution to yesterday’s Haass debate:

Mr Allister: I am in this House unashamedly and unapologetically as a unionist.  Therefore, when I read the seventh document from Haass, I make no apology for asking this question:  what is in this document for unionism?  Sadly, I find nothing, effectively, for unionism.

I consider the issue of the national flag.  The document does nothing to restore the Union flag to its rightful place on Belfast City Hall.  It does nothing to give it more prominent display on this Building.  On flags, it delivers nothing for unionism.

On the past, this is a document that fails to even grapple with one of the most obscene, objectionable matters that touches upon the past:  the definition of a victim.  It does not at all address the issue of the equivalence that exists between the victim-maker and the victim.  In that, it is a gross betrayal of innocent victims.  I think that anyone supportive of innocent victims should have, within that process, made that the beginning and the end of the test of whether or not there was anything attainable.  That has been a scourge in this society that has been used by the victim-makers to validate themselves and provide equivalence with those they made victims.

I come to the document and look to how it will deal with terrorism.  I am still waiting for Mr Lyttle to put me right, but I find that it has nothing to say about the fact that, for 30 years and more, this Province was subjected to an unwarranted, vile campaign of terrorism.  Instead, it sanitises it down to “the conflict”.  It talks about actors.  Mr Speaker, it was no actor who firebombed the La Mon hotel; it was no actor who took 10 innocent workmen out of a van at Kingsmills and slaughtered them in cold blood; it was no actor who planted the bomb in Enniskillen; it was no actor who went into a public house in Greysteel.  They were terrorists, one and all.  Anyone who fails to address that fundamental foundational issue in dealing with the past is making no serious effort to deal with it.  On that, these proposals hopelessly flounder.

You then move, within that, to discover that innocent victims are meant to be exhilarated and encouraged by the fact that they might get some sanitised, self-serving version of Provo or Ulster Freedom Fighter (UFF) truth about why their innocent relatives died.  It can even be anonymous.  It is certainly untestable.  That is itself an insult to innocent victims, who suffered so much at the hands of terrorists.

Mr Lyttle: Will the Member give way?

Mr Allister: Yes.

Mr Lyttle: Does the Member acknowledge that there are innocent victims in Northern Ireland who have lobbied for, asked for and requested the very process that he has just so fundamentally objected to?

Mr Allister: If there are innocent victims who want to be satisfied with a self-serving, Provo version of the truth that they cannot test, that will raise more questions than it will answer and that might even come from an anonymous source, it is a matter for those victims, but, I must say that I do not know too many of them.  The innocent victims whom I know crave justice, and justice is someone being held accountable for the villainy that was visited on them and their family, not hearing some self-serving story that is part of the rewrite of history by perpetrators of terrorism.  That is the vehicle that the Haass proposals offer, in the diminution of, of course, and as an alternative to, the proper pursuit of justice.

On parading, the proposals open up a whole new vista, where anyone, anywhere can object to any parade anywhere and then require the parade organisers to subject themselves to negotiation with that individual.  We are meant to think that that is progress?  Like everything else that seems to be in the proposals, that is not progress and not an advance.

Mr Allister: What the proposals represent, and this is why it is so enthusiastic for them, is another opportunity to pocket what Sinn Féin sees as some advance until the concession meter next needs to be fed, and then it will be out demanding more.

TUV’s analysis of the Haass proposals

General observations:

1. Throughout the document there is not a single acknowledgement that for 30 years we faced a campaign of vicious terrorism; instead “terrorism” is sanitised down to “the conflict”, inferring the mutual responsibility of the terroriser and the terrorised. The IRA escapes even a single mention. The only time “terrorist” is mentioned is in the same breath as “freedom fighter” (p22). There is no acceptance that terrorism was wrong and never justified. Continue Reading…

TUV Responds to Haass Outcome

Admin —  December 31, 2013

Statement by TUV leader Jim Allister:-

“TUV warned throughout the Haass process that Unionism would be expected to concede ground yet again. The Sinn Fein response itself verifies our warnings. While the proposals have not yet been published – and they ought to be – it seems that what was on offer when it came to parades was mandatory consultation with objectors and code of conduct straight jacket under a renamed Parades Commission. This was not going to protect parading rights or resolve the situation in North Belfast or Portadown. Continue Reading…

Statement by TUV leader Jim Allister:-

“It is certainly no surprise to me that the Haass process is putting pressure on unionists. It was never designed to do otherwise. All such international involvement has the same tilt, because the Dublin/London/Washington nexus, which drives the process, is consciously anti-unionist. It was the same when Mitchell was the frontman. Nothing has changed under Haass. The only difference is that the DUP leader was foolish enough to join with his government buddy McGuinness to call in Haass! Continue Reading…

TUV warns against Haass sell-out

Admin —  December 17, 2013
Statement by TUV leader Jim Allister:-
“From the outset of the Haass process I have warned that Unionism and innocent victims have nothing left to give. Now, it is clear, that this is precisely what is being demanded. Unionist participants will be judged, not by their posturing, but by what they finally concede when subjected to the pressure cooker treatment of the next few days. Continue Reading…

TUV sets out case against immunity

Admin —  December 13, 2013

Statement by TUV leader Jim Allister:-

“In reality immunity is amnesty by another name.

“There are at least 3 reasons why it is unacceptable:

1. It brings further perversion and corruption to our criminal justice system. Within our, and any meaningful, criminal justice system there is no limitation period and no point when the long arm of the law cannot catch up with the criminal – as the murderer of John Proctor recently discovered. That is how it should be. There can be no “sell by” date on justice. We have already corrupted our criminal justice system enough through the early release scheme, without starting to hand out  “Stay out of Jail” cards. Continue Reading…

Jim Allister has become the first party leader to officially back “A Covenant for and with innocent victims and survivors of terrorism”.

Commenting Mr Allister said:

“The covenant was presented by Innocent Victims United to the Haass team some weeks ago. I believe that all public representatives should study its contents carefully, especially given the comments of some in relation to immunity. Continue Reading…

In a submission to the Haass talks on the issue of flags the TUV has suggested that the model in Dr Haass’s own country could be followed.

Party leader Jim Allister said: Continue Reading…