Barra McGrory, jailing by remand and the politics of class

It’s a mark of the new post-Orange six-county statelet that someone like Barra McGrory can be Director of Public Prosecutions and, in this post, be in charge of what the Republican Network for Unity has called “imprisonment by remand”, following the recent arrest of seven republicans (not to mention the ongoing imprisonment and mistreatment of Marian Price).

Only a couple of months ago, McGrory was defending the renewed use of supergrasses.  When a supergrass trial of a dozen loyalists accused of murdering a leader of a rival loyalist group came unstuck at the end of February – all 12 were acquitted – McGrory defended the legislation that had made the trial possible.

It’s also interesting that McGrory is an Irish-speaking member of the nationalist community and a son of Paddy McGrory, veteran civil rights and anti-repression lawyer.

The demise of the old Orange state and its replacement by the new dispensation, or the new sectarianism, allows for substantial upward social mobility for the Catholic middle class.  At the end of the day, Barra McGrory is a great reflection of the truth of what a northern Protestant republican said over 200 years ago: that the wealthy always betray the poor.

Another example of why the Irish national question is totally bound up with the class question; two sides of the one coin.


Posted on May 28, 2012, in Censorship, Democratic rights - general, Irish politics today, Political education and theory, Prisoners - current, Repression and resistance in the six counties today, Republican Network for Unity. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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