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GLENN BARR was once a leading political spokesman for the UDA and a former Assemblyman for the old Vanguard Party. He was the man who in effect led the 1974 Ulster Workers' Council strike which brought down the Sunningdale Agreement. He is on record as describing himself as an Ulster nationalist, "neither a second-class Englishman nor a third-class Irishman but a first class Ulsterman". In recent years, since giving up active politics, Mr Barr has been involved in community employment projects in Londonderry.
BEYOND THE RELIGIOUS DIVIDE
Glenn Ban was one of the first Ulster politicians to consider seriously the
suggestion of Ulster independence. The seminal document, Beyond the
Religious Divide, was largely his handiwork. Instead of bluster about
backs to the wall or eating grass rather than surrender, this document sought to
find an honourable way out of Ulster's troubles. It sought to promote a common
identity for all the people of Ulster of whatever religious persuasion.
If young people in the Protestant community are beginning to hero worship the UFF and the UVF, in the belief that the only way forward is to act in exactly the same manner as the the IRA, then we are in deep trouble. Mr Barr is worried that Ulster will face a holocaust within the next three to four years if political action is not taken to turn young people back from a religious war. He believes that the basic problem is constitutional. He argues for a fairer society in which all the people could participate in the responsibilities and decisions of state. This will need the withdrawal of `the two protagonists'. Westminster and Leinster House.
Ulster Nation agrees with Glenn Barr. Like him, we wish to avoid the situation becoming so unstable as to plunge Ulster into the horrors which are happening in Bosnia today. We welcome his plea for sanity.home page
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