My First Slugger aka “Och, C’mon in Gerry, what a beautiful big horse y’have there”

Yesterday, after listening to the fuss kicked up regarding Gerry Adams “Trojan Horse” comments, I read many views and it seemed to be that people were trying to over analyse every single word, clause & punctuation in his speech and nobody was taking it at face value, so I wrote the following piece and submitted it to Slugger O’Toole as my first piece for their site. I figured in the interest of self publishing, it would be doing my own blog a disservice to not also post it here. I awoke this morning to a better understanding of my own political leanings, and for that Gerry Adams, I thank you. I was raised unionist in the same Braniel estate that Michael Stone hails from, I spent my childhood braining myself with mis-caught union jack batons bought for 50p from a wheelie bin on the newtownards road for the 12th each year…I voted Sinn Fein this year. Admittedly, not just Sinn Fein, but some of their candidates were high in my preference votes. If my now-departed grandfather knew this, I’d be in for a clout. Why though? Since that child left the Braniel, I have seen first hand what minorities suffer, I have seen discrimination and have had plenty of abuse directed at myself for not being the norm. I have gay friends, I have muslim colleagues, I am an atheist, I know women who had abortions after rapes…All things that the DUP stand against. When Gerry Adams explained the “entire republican strategy” of using equality as a Trojan horse, it suddenly made sense why I had steered away from...