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Ruth Patterson – Lady Uniban

Anti-democracy protest leader and British Unionist militant Willie Frazer poses in front of a British terrorist wall mural, Belfast, Ireland
Anti-democracy protest leader and British Unionist militant Willie Frazer poses in front of a British terrorist wall mural, Belfast, Ireland

In relation to Bangordub’s dismissal of the ludicrous claims by some British Unionists in Ireland of the non-violent nature of their politics one is struck by the very vocal support given by Willie Frazer, ex-British Army soldier and “victims’ campaigner” (Plc.) to the DUP’s in-house-militant Ruth Patterson. Recently Councillor Patterson made the headlines with her comments on Facebook in relation to a masturbatory fantasy by a Unionist contributor describing a fictional British terrorist attack on an upcoming Irish Republican parade in the town of Castlederg:

“You know Brian, who cares how we would be judged, we would have done a great service to Northern Ireland and the world getting rid of these evil, devious, scum like individuals who bombed and murdered their way into government, who walk the corridors of power leaving their blood stained hand prints on everything they touch and who care not how far they go to rid my beloved Northern Ireland of all that is good and proper. Would I shed a tear, NO, would I lose a nights sleep, NO, would I really worry about what anyone else thought, NO. Simple …NS”

Unfortunately for Lady Uniban her words have landed her in trouble due to the draconian British “anti-terror” laws that function in the north-east of Ireland (for the record I disagree with her arrest or the prosecution of anyone for opinions expressed online short of a clear and direct threat to an individual or group. In a democracy nobody should be detained or restricted from expressing their views however disagreeable they may be. Social and peer pressure should be the only means by which “good behaviour” is encouraged). However numerous Unionist leaders and activists have rallied behind her displaying once again the old British rule of thumb in Ireland: “one law for them, another law for us”. Willie Frazer, in his capacity as an opponent of “terrorism” and “violence”, has posted this video to his YouTube channel featuring the Christian fundamentalist preacher (and fellow former British Army soldier) Barry Halliday and his defence of Ruth Patterson’s views.

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