|Issue No 122||07 December 2001|
Letters to the Editor
Tom is Gobsmacked
I was absolutely gob smacked when I read the article "Union Journo on Death List" in issue 121 of workers online.
As was pointed out in this article, Australia has welcomed these Terrorists as has been verified by the recent visits of Gerry Adams, Martin McGuiness and David Ervine, two members of the IRA and one member of the UVF.
Mr Ervine a convicted terrorist was also very critical of our policies on the refugee crisis while he was here, and appeared much more compassionate to these boat people than he ever was to Roman Catholics while a member of the UVF.
As there has been a ceasefire for quite some time, and assassinations by Loyalists are almost negligible since the murder of Billy "King Rat" Wright, one must question, why on earth would someone like Paddy be on the death list of an Ulster Loyalist Organisation?
As can you can see from the photograph, even Gerry Adams, has been made an honourary member of the "Lenny Murphy Memorial Flute Band", a loyalist marching band from the Shankill Road, a loyalist enclave in Belfast.
Also , although I am aware of the association between the Sydney soccer team "Northern Spirit", and the Scottish "Glasgow Rangers ", I really am curious as to what the association between the Socceroos in Uruguay, and the Loyalist Paramilitaries is, but having said that , I think Paddy is overreacting and he should be able to sleep well at night with the knowledge that Australia is still safe from the political baggage of all terrorists no matter what their creed or colour.
I have a suspicion, that "Paddy Gorman", just might be a very common name in Ireland, and there has been wee mix up. So dinnae be an egit Paddy - and just get on with your life, defending the rights of the worker!
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