||Issue No. 169||07 March 2003|
Re-considering The Accord
Poetry: If I Were a Rich Man
Interview: League of Nations
Industrial: 20/20 Hindsight
Organising: On The Buses
Unions: National Focus
History: The Banner Room
International: The Slaughter Continues
Legal: A Legal Case For War?
Culture: Singing For The People
Review: The Hours
Poetry: I Wanna Bomb Saddam
Satire: Diuretic Makes Warne's Excuses Look Thin
The Locker Room
Strangers in the House
Nursing Home Concerns
Letters to the Editor
While perusing past issues of your publication Workers Online I was more that impressed by the consistency,diversity and catholic themes and issues of not only the excellent articles but the editorials, which continue to be provocative and stimulating, and only rarely resembling the boot spittle journalism so prevalent in the national publications. In fact the article 'Union Journo on Death List", accompanied by a delightful photo of Gerry Adams, displaying a rarely shared smile with a hand on the shoulder of Paddy Gorman a CFMEU , media officer , stimulated my own dormant interests in the commonalty in breaking down barriers in my efforts at a greater understanding of those with different preferences , needs , desires and values.
I was once again touched by the concerns expressed by Paddy as to the information passed on to him, allegedly by an ASIO officer and relating to his inclusion on a list.
Although the actual purpose of this list was unknown or was censured for what ever reason, the insinuation was clear in its intent, and I among many others sent Paddy a letter of support.
While in no way claiming to have an inside knowledge as to that list , I could assert an insight as to the cultural thought of the kilt wearing Ulster/Scot , and as such a commonality with those that may have allegedly compiled such a list , and in my letter of support I empathically indicated that , in my opinion , Paddy was worrying needlessly.
I can now assure you and your readers that no longer should we get our knickers in a knot about such lists , as recent events have not only validated my reassurances to your readers , but also my self , and certainly put Ulster Loyalists in different lights, 'Pinks and Pastels' perhaps , and these , while not your usual tartans , are my favorites!
The recent internal dismantling of one terrorist cell Mad Dog Adairs Lower Shankill 'C Company' , an event instigated by their killing of John 'Grug' Gregg , a loyalist folk hero who had almost succeeded in killing Gerry Adams in 1984, and had turned into one of Adair's bitterest rivals indicates that these people are far too busy with their domestics .
In fact it was 'Michael Stone' who actually claimed that 'Mad Dog Adair' made a pass at him in prison, with the line "the Spartans used to sleep together".
Now before you or your readers dismiss my assertion that this list as was revealed to your readers was not for as insinuated, but rather a list of possible contacts to enable resolution of conflicting preferences, needs desires and wants in a safe environment, I would inform them that 'Michael Stone', to whom 'Mad Dog Adair', had made a pass, is also convicted terrorist.
While we will never know, and Michael claims that he said 'No!' to that particular proposition, perhaps an invitation for 'Mad Dog Adair' to next years Sydney Mardi Gras, and extened to St Patricks Day , sponsored by Workers Online would be an appropriate gesture in the interests of reconciliation.
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