So it seems to be a thing now where candidates feel they have to state they are “anti sectarian” in their General Council election blurbs. Why would they have or feel the need to do that? Is it perhaps because of the spectre of political sectarianism that has already been evidenced in the expulsion of two members due to their political leanings still hangs heavy in the air around certain groupings?
I don’t know about you folk but if someone’s introductory statement to me was “Hi, I’m so and so and I’m anti sectarian” I would assume one or more of the following to be the case.
1; They feel the need to distance themselves from association with past behaviours.
2: They think it is some form of validation that differentiates them from everyone else (whereas it is by and large the norm that the majority of people are not, by default, sectarian).
3: They think it makes them special (see 2 above).
4: They think people are stupid enough to be as impressed with such glib statements as they themselves are.
The whole General Council election has a depressingly familiar ring about it where rhetoric and slogans are to the fore and there is a complete absence of any strategy of substance to be seen anywhere.
Here we are nowhere.