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Unionists Do Not Use Political Violence – Really They Don’t

Former DUP member John Smyth Junior pictured with his party leader Peter Robinson in 2010
Former DUP member John Smyth Junior pictured with his party leader Peter Robinson in 2010

The main political representatives of the British Unionist minority in the north-east of Ireland, the DUP, UUP and TUV, have no involvement in political violence or those who engage in political violence. Nor have they ever.

So it is entirely coincidental that John Smyth Junior, a former DUP election candidate and member of the Orange Order, has pleaded guilty to a bomb attack targeting the home of a Polish family in Antrim claimed by a faction of the British terrorist group the UDA/UFF. It is also coincidental that Smyth is the son of the prominent DUP Councillor John Smyth who was convicted for terrorist offences by British militants in the 1970s, including a UVF fire-bomb attack on the home of a Nationalist family.

But the British Unionist parties have no involvement in political violence. Or those who engage in it.

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