When I was a boy, long time ago now, I used to go for walks with my Dad on a Sunday morning. One thing he said , which struck me was ‘note how many trade union leaders become Lords’.
This started me on the path of believing that nothing is ever as it seems.
If I were the controller of MI5 I would seek to bring within my purview every renegade and rebel in the Kingdom. I would black mail them with their peccadilloes . Sex, money, drugs, terrorism [that should cover most Ulster politicians].
Which brings me to Willie Frazer.
I have tried to love Willie, God knows.
I have followed his talking head series.
I have watched him pop up in every conceivable point of tension in the Six Counties.
I have followed his dyslexic ramblings.
I have hoped for a successful outcome to just one of the many causes that he has espoused.
Willie was of course identified by the High Court as an associate of loyalist terrorist organisations. See re F 2005 NI 280.
Why is it that he reminds me of the unionists of old who promised the stars and delivered nothing? Think of the recent documentary on the shooting of an entirely innocent man on the Shankill Road. Which unionist ever took up that case?
Let’s consider the killings at Kingsmills. Nothing that Willie has done over the last several years has produced one document to assist the families. Now, after threats to march in Dublin and reports that he was bought off, the initial hearing into the deaths has produced nothing.
The outcome for the families? Nothing.
The consequence for Willie? He continues to rampage about without any visible means of support.
Or perhaps I’m being too naive…….