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John Hume - "Personal Views" - 1996 - Some Quotations

John Hume - "Personal Views" - 1996 - Some Quotations

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"In this autobiography, John Hume, leader of the SDLP, traces his Catholic family roots and upbringing, and explains the historical significance of the Irish conflict, and the formation of his political philosophy. It reveals the nature of his talks with Gerry Adams, which led to the 1994 cease-fire between the IRA and Unionist paramilitaries, and it concludes with Hume's assessment of the prospects for a lasting peace in Ireland and his vision of an international Irish nation." .. Amazon synopsis
"In this autobiography, John Hume, leader of the SDLP, traces his Catholic family roots and upbringing, and explains the historical significance of the Irish conflict, and the formation of his political philosophy. It reveals the nature of his talks with Gerry Adams, which led to the 1994 cease-fire between the IRA and Unionist paramilitaries, and it concludes with Hume's assessment of the prospects for a lasting peace in Ireland and his vision of an international Irish nation." .. Amazon synopsis

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John Hume, 'Personal Views - Politics, Peace and Reconciliation in Ireland,' Town House, Dublin, 1996ome !uotations
Accommodation of difference
 "#$ %%% accommodation o& di&&erence is the onl basis &or "eace and stabilit in our di(ided societ
Alienation
 "#6 %%% alienation is a des"erate de(elo"ment within minorities because it wea)ens their coherence, erodes their &aith in "ro*ress and *i(es (iolence the o""ortunit to ta)e root "+ %%% rein&orcin* the identit o& one section o& the communit while i*norin* the other was coercion o& the other% it be*ot alienation% lienation be*ot (iolence% (iolence be*ot re"ression
Analysis
 "11 %%% care&ul analsis will ha(e to re"lace slo*ans "1# %%% we ha(e to loo) at the &acts, not at the illusions
Anglo-Irish Agreement
 " %%% it made it im"licitl clear that .ritain has no interest o& her own, strate*ic or otherwise, in remainin* in Ireland and that Irish unit is a matter &or those Irish "eo"le who want it "ersuadin* those Irish "eo"le who do not% "1#6 %%% such a*reement between /nionists and 0ationalists in Ireland should be much easier than itwas &i&t ears a*o
Bigotry
 "+ %%% our o""onents out did each other in intransi*ence and bi*otr
Blinkered
 "1$ %%% the most blin)ered "oliticians and "aramilitaries are aware that the desire &or "eace is shared b the "eo"le, Ireland, b /nionist and 0ationalist, as well as b Irish communities throu*hout the world%
British and Irish governments
 "$2 %%% let them ma)e a 3oint declaration that the di(isions amon* the "eo"le o& Ireland and the  "re3udices that are at their root are the re*rettable conse4uences o& our histor and are not in the  best interests o& the "eo"le o& Ireland or o& the 5uro"ean /nion%%%that the ha(e decided to build institutions in Ireland, 0orth and outh %% to wor) the common *round
 
John Hume, 'Personal Views - Politics, Peace and Reconciliation in Ireland,' Town House, Dublin, 1996
British influence
 "11 %%% there is a stron* settler element in the dee"-seated &ear o& re(en*e which underlies the sie*e mentalit "1# %%% the challen*e that we now &ace is to remo(e the last remainin* le*ac o& im"erialism in 5uro"e - the dee" di(isions amon* our island "eo"le
British-Irish quarrel
 "$ %%% the .ritish-Irish 4uarrel is 5uro"ean in its ori*ins %%% 5n*land saw Ireland as the bac) door &or her 5uro"ean enemies and mo(ed into Ireland to de&end her own interests, with all the serious conse4uences &or the Irish "eo"le% "1#6 %%% an e(er closer union e7ists between .ritain and Ireland in the new 5uro"e
Centralisation
 "121 %%% it is si*ni&icant that the de*ree o& centralisation in both 3urisdictions is intimatel connected with a &ailure to &ind a consensus throu*hout Ireland on suitable &orms o& *o(ernment and indeed to our &ailure to achie(e ma7imum economic de(elo"ments
Clinton
 "1$ %%% .ill 8linton "ut "eace in Ireland u""ermost on his a*enda
Colonise
 "11$ %%% as the onl state in the 5uro"ean /nion to ha(e been colonised rather than to ha(e colonised %%% as a countr that has su&&ered &amine and under-de(elo"ment, we )now that these hardshi"s and obscenities are not sim"l the "roducts o& natural disasters but rather result &rome7"loitation, une4ual relationshi"s, un3ust economic relationshi"s, and an indi&&erence to our common humanit
Common ground
 "1# %%% in Derr we ha(e created a team s"irit %%% we ha(e created an institution which res"ects di&&erence, but wor)s the common *round to*ether, and the common *round is the cit
Community
 "#1 %%% these two communities in 0orthern Ireland, 8atholic and Protestant, 0ationalist and /nionist, ha(e both beha(ed li)e threatened minorities and onl b remo(in* the &ears which the  both &eel can a 3ust and durable solution be &ound
Consensus
 "6 %%% when we loo) at the /nited tates o& merica and see a countr o& broad and dee" di&&erences "rotected b a "olitical consensus, it is ironic to realise that "eo"le &rom the Irish
 
John Hume, 'Personal Views - Politics, Peace and Reconciliation in Ireland,' Town House, Dublin, 1996
Protestant tradition hel"ed to &ashion the declaration o& inde"endence, the constitution and the bill o& ri*hts
Constitution 1937
 "66 %%% the 3urisdiction o& the constitution did not a""l in "ractice or in realit to the 0orth o& Ireland
Diasora
 "12 %%% a "olitical or*anisation which accommodates the di&&erent traditions on our island and which embraces, and ma)es use o&, the dias"ora %%% de(ise a settlement which *uarantees the identitand status o& e(erone in Ireland, irres"ecti(e o& "olitics, as well as e(erone who is Irish, irres"ecti(e o& *eo*ra"h
Diversity
 "6 %%% the acce"tance o& di(ersit is the essence o& real unit Downin* treet Declaration Dec 199: "92 %%% the .ritish *o(ernment declared that it no lon*er has an sel&ish, strate*ic or economic interests in Ireland, and that it is committed onl to "romotin* a*reement between the di(ided  "eo"le o& Ireland
Dri feed
 "1#9 %%% a west )e"t ali(e on a dri" &eed o& trans&er "aments would not ultimatel bene&it the east, either "oliticall or economicall ; balanced de(elo"ment is in our collecti(e interests %%% it re4uires a new model o& centre-"eri"her relations, which I would term "olcentric %%% Derr is one o& the &ew e7"andin* centres in the west
e pluribus unum
 "11 %%% &rom man we are one % it cannot be said too o&ten< it wor)s
!ducation
 "1 %%% what has trans&ormed Derr o(er the "ast thirt or &ort ears is the introduction o& "ublic education &or all "# %%% its "ower &or the material and social ad(ancement o& the indi(idual and o& his or her communit
!uroean "nion
 "11+ %%% all o& the (arious elements which *o to ma)e u" a sin*le "olitical and economic entit are  bein* mo(ed into "lace %%% Ireland is becomin* ra"idl one econom %%% it ma)es sense &or businessesin both "arts o& the island to *ear themsel(es on an all-Ireland scale, in order to &ace the challen*e o& com"etition in the sin*le mar)et

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