Respect, Integrity and Equality

How many times have you heard the Irish republican mantra of “Respect, Integrity and Equality”? I’ve oft wondered just what they meant when they said those words.

Sometimes I honestly think republicans don’t know what those words actually mean.

Respect? Integrity? Equality?

Every single day on social media one can encounter these lovely, tolerant people. The very epitomes of respect, unity and egalitarianism.

Ah yes, John O’Neill, the well known historian, author and university lecturer

A threatening tweet? Surely not!

Indeed. Keep this in mind for a second

Punctuation mustn’t be a strong point of renowned authors/lecturers like John

Anti-British racism as well, tut tut!

Maybe it’s me that is mistaken about the definition of words like ‘respect’ and ‘equality‘? Maybe, being a Loyalist, I really am stupid?

No lazy sectarian stereotypes here! Nope. None. Zero. Honest.

But perhaps I’m being too quick to judge, maybe these people are simply the lunatic fringe? Surely the self appointed ‘parody wing’ of the republican movement wouldn’t stoop so low?

OK, never mind, let’s move on….

Elaine is a special kind of bigot, here she is targeting a grandmother who shared a picture of her grandson (note, we have deliberately obscured the picture)

More from the charming Elaine? OK, if you insist

Elaine doesn’t like Americans. Or “Brits”, strangely though….

Oh……

Says the troll group that has a very cozy relationship with certain dissident republicans, but hey, I suppose they aren’t “terrorists”?!

Racist, sectarian and homophobic. Say it ain’t so!

Sometimes I can’t even read these lovely and tolerant tweets, such is the level of intellectual brilliance.

“ro0bbed the natives”. For shame

Do republicans deny being republicans so they can distance republicanism from their own tweets?

Oops, posted that one again! Btw John Paul, how does your own medicine taste?

Such beautiful people

Is it just me or does Elaine look like she’s dressed as Batman?

OK, so let’s try to get some balance here, let’s go back to John O’Neill, well-known lecturer and author.

Such respect.

I’m beginning to feel a little overwhelmed by all this respect, Integrity and equality.

Apparently John is also an expert in pest control.

What a shame. We should crowd fund some university to re-employ John.

Indeed.

Another one who seems fixated on rats.

I don’t know about you but all this respect and equality is starting to make me feel a bit ill.

The Dark Knight can’t stand crime*

(*unless it’s republican crime)

Somebody seems a little obsessed.

Elaine defending ISIS. Surely she must be on a watch list somewhere? GCHQ, we’re looking at you here!

Now that’s what I call respect!

Yes Paul, I think it is.

Nice of professor O’Neill to openly admit that Protestants were ethnically cleansed from Co. Cork.

True story. Ireland almost became a German state. Honestly.

John is a historian, an author of several books and is the world’s best lecturer. He is also fearsomely handsome.

Well folks, I think that’s enough for one day. After all that equality and respect I think I need to lie down in a dark room for a while.

Never fear though, we’ll be back next week with more evidence of the true nature of Irish republicanism.

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Somewhere over the rainbow!

Are you sitting comfortably? Nice & relaxed? Good. Then I’ll begin. You see, once upon a time there were a group of naughty little elves who called themselves ‘Irish republicans’. These mischievous imps kept trying to lure the niave & the innocent away from their homes & into a marvellous world of magic & unicorns known as ’32 County Irish Socialist Republic-land“. A wonderful place in which time stood still. Everyone was “cherished equally” & the coins had lovely representations of chickens & fishes on them.

Except that it wasn’t like that at all. Once ensnared by these gaelic ghouls their poor, unfortunate victims found that 32 County Irish Republic-land was really a harsh & violent place, full of hatred, vitriol & malice. Indeed, far from being a wondrous realm of rainbows & sugar-plums, it is, in fact, a dark & nightmarish place.

Yet still the Irish republican elves did their thing, weaving their magical tales of 32 County Irish Republic-land, or as they sometimes called it- “the kingdom of love & buttercups”. Do not be fooled dear reader! Don’t be taken in by their tales of treasure & easy living; love, magic & free golden harps for all. Your old Uncle Thursday has magic of his own. I have captured their fairy stories & rendered them into visual form!

Behold gentle reader- the honeyed words of these seductive succubuses. Their siren songs of peace, love & togetherness. Surely there have never been sweeter, more inviting words of love & tenderness-

And finally…..

Such sweet words of tenderness, carefully designed to lure the unwary. Do not fall for their tempting promises of utopia. Uncle Thursday will return next week with more carefully selected examples of their dark arts, till then dear reader……….. have a good night & please- don’t have nightmares.

An Appeal to Our Readers

It’s Still Only Thursday on Twitter

Dear readers, recently we (the authors of this blog) took the decision to start a Twitter account linked to the blog. That decision, which was taken extremely reluctantly by my co-author, for very understandable reasons, has proved to be a prudent one. Initially it was our aim merely to promote this blog and communicate with a number of people with whom we wished to conduct interviews etc, however, we (or at least I) now recognise that we should utilise Twitter (and perhaps other social media) to challenge and expose the toxic, dehumanising rhetoric of Irish nationalists and republicans.

We Need Your Help

In order for us to be effective we need your help! This blog receives a lot of site traffic. Over 3,000 visitors to this blog in the past week alone. If even 1 out of every 3 of those visitors were to follow us on Twitter (@0nIyThursday) we could reach a far larger audience.

A small, relatively obscure Twitter account will be ineffective. In order for us to challenge the sectarian, hateful and immensely damaging narrative of toxic Irish nationalism we need a bigger following on social media. The tide is turning, people outside of Northern Ireland and outside of Loyalism are waking up to (and challenging) the poisonous and dehumanising message of Irish republican extremists, but we need to affect change more quickly, we need to spread our message to a much wider audience and we need your help to do it.

Please follow @0nIyThursday on Twitter, tweet a link to this article (or to your favourite article on the site) and please continue to visit and enjoy our articles. Thank you

We Are Back On Twitter

Well. Here we are. Back on Twitter (@0nIyThursday). We debated this for nearly three weeks but decided in the end that we would have to have some kind of social media presence in order to A) contact certain people about blog posts we have planned for the coming months, B) promote the blog to an even wider audience and C) keep up to date with what Northern Ireland was talking about online.

Facebook was ruled out early on, it’s a dying platform and it’s not that great for promoting a blog. Gab.ai was also considered but, honestly, it’s a small platform & although it’s growing quickly, we didn’t see it as being useful for our purposes. That really only left Twitter. Twitter has many drawbacks, it is notorious for it’s censorship, it is lousy with bots & trolls, it arbitrarily locks people out of their accounts etc but, at least for now, it will have to do.

So, if you’re on Twitter & you enjoy ISOT, give us a follow and/or send us a message. We look forward to a few lively discussions!