Wednesday 9 May 2007

The Garden Centre Brigade...are you one?

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)

Apathy is the true evil in this world. In 1998 when the Good Friday Agreement was signed by David Trimble and John Hume over 73% of the votes cast were in favour of the power sharing agreement. Trimble was a tactician but a man of little charisma. He understood the agreement and appreciated that the devil was in the detail, but he never carried his community.
Hume was losing ground to the new and vibrant activists from Sinn Fein, their policies seemed fresher and more relevant to increasingly larger parts of the nationalist community.

Apathy won the day. Large numbers of people who voted for power sharing, sat at home wringing their hands and feeling warm inside. They had done their bit.

Wrong. They failed us all. The moderates stayed at home and left the politics to the extremes.

First They Came for the Jews
First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.

Pastor Martin Niemöller