Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
______________, Wedncidoy, February 16, 1975 THE LETHBRIDCE HERAID 37 Stretches several miles British Army's line' is Ulster's wall of hate and fear London Observer Servn-i BELFAST Separaling Iho moan rows of liny terraced houses that make up the work- ing class ghettos ol Belfast there slill stands, monument to two and a half years of political stagnation and civil strife, the British Army's corrugated iron wal, the n cith- er side Ihe children play. From either side men go lo work, if they have jobs, or t osland at the labor exchange hoping to catch some crumbs from Uls- ter's wobbling industrial table. The peace-line, several miles of it in many areas ol Ihe city, is the most visible sign of ever- growing polarisation between Calholies and Protestants. It is the physical divide; the human divisions stretch further, 1 i e deeper in the hearl and will hardly be knocked down wilh a bulldozer's blow. Along Ihe peace-line. British soldiers mount guard from rais- ed machine-gun posts that would not seem out of place in Berlin. Slow-moving Land Rovers and Saracen armoured cars crawl through Catholic areas, ever- watchful for snipers, stone- Ihrowers or at least insult-hurl- FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE! crs frum the sullen Catholic community. I'turn tin- oi her side comes lea Ml prutcslant' population in Uiesc areas watches the Catholics "getting what they deserve." Such is the measure of community feeling in JJdrasl that after Londonderry's "Bloody Sun- day" there wns hardly a mur- mur of anxiety on Belfast's Sliankill Hoad. When the politi- cians and Church leaders expressing their sympathy, the Shankilt remained silent, un- moved. Not even the enormity of Der- ry's suffering changed relations between Ulster's Catholics and Protestants. The oficial Callin- lie line is that a rjeacefiil march was attacked by Tiiilisli troops and 13 people v.ere mown down. while the Prntcsfant point of view is thai the march was il- legal, the Irish Republican Army's gunmen tired first and troops shot lo kill only those who "bloody v.tll deserved as one Prole-slam Senator at Sformonl. Cfistle remarked pri- vntcly. Opinion about the rights and wrongs of wlial happened in Dcrry has become Ihe short- hand for the divisions in this community. CLASS STRUnTIlES Division between Catholic and Protestant is now almost direct- ly related lo class structures. A rule of thumb might be: ac- cording to your rise in the so- cial ladder you arc less separ- ated. But a simpler rule is that flic more contact Protestants and Catholics have, and the more they realise each other's mutual dependence the less the bitterness, (he less the animos- ity. For ignorance is slill the munily. The simple fact is that work- Human resources coimciJ notes big political change real harrier in a divided coin- infi-class Catholics and Proles-1 ner's Cabinet with no mandate system is in danger of going lo lanls rnrcly meet across the ami wolf confessedly repres- pieces. except in sullen con- cnting no one, lin.s said he will Catholic alienation from gov- frontiilion. People on the next i slay in office. But he made it eminent can also be seen in Iho step up the ladder meet a little clear (hat it was not to servo continuing campaign ot civil more, feel a little less, until on any "Unionist regime" hut to disobedience. You can find lire lop rungs there is mutual i serve the community. And Miss Catholics in working class areas of each other and j Sheelagh Murnaghan, a former of Belfasl, Derry, Slraljane, 1 an almost complete realisation I Liberal MP at Stormont, a I Newry and other towns who that, unlil sectarianism is taken Catholic and a member of the cannot remember when last from the Northern Ireland scon- I Community Relations Commis. they paid a gas, electricity, lei- EDMONTON (CP) The abrupt in Alberta's po- litical environment was one of Hie major facets of life in the province the Human Resources Research Council says in its report for 1971. The report was the sivan song lor the council which hoa been disbanded by Ihe Progressive new, subtle political attitudes probably would "strength over Hie next decade.'' These include a belief lhal policy formation should be opsn and made in the public arena, an expsetalion that govern- ments rational and knowl- edge based rather than pa- ternal is Lies and arin Ihere is no lasting hope. sion, said she loo would stick evision, or local council rates Somewhere, .sometimes, there I to her post, not [or Mr. Faulk- i bill. It is impossible lo cut off are straws of hope in the wind, i ner's sake but lo try to keep in-. essential services without also tact the "frail bridges bctv.c-en hitting neighbouring Protestant Proteslanl and Catholic that areas and hire purchase slill exist." Conservatives which swept the j a hall to Social Credit government out ol office after 36 years. Launcbsd by the Social Cred- it government in 1907, the coun- cil operated on a budget of a year, employ- ed 40 people and provided grants to university personnel for ouLside research. The Progressive Conserva- tive government announced Jan. 10 the council -would be closed by March 31, 1073. 'SOCIAL AUDIT' The council's annual report, a 54 booklet, provided what it called a "social audit" of the quality of life in Alberta. Other major of life in 1971 included a recovering econ- omy and an uncertain future for Ihe fastest growing labor force "in the western world." The council said the rise of ing'' over lie people's money, business and welfare and moves to get on with the development of efficient government opsra- tiors. The rcpsrl said although thn economic picture was un- stable, productivity returned in -jlnwsl all r.rcas, including lh-> oil and natural gas industry and Ihs agriculture industry. Noting governments "tend lo be reactive raUier than aalici- the council recoai- mended "imaginative planning" based on solid research and long term solutions to the un- employment situation ra t h e r than "crude guesstimates and reactions- lo crises." signs however small that some sections of Catholic and Proles- lant opinion are slill clinging to- gether. But mostly those rccon- j But Ihe last week has seen died are Ihose who never need- Ihe beginnings of what may well be a significant exodus from public life of Ihe Catholic pro- fcsional class, notably law- yore. Two senior Queen's Coun- sel on the northern bar, Mr, Garrelh McGralh and Mr. Mich- ael Lavery, have asked lo be re- lived of Iheir prosecuting briefs which they have been handling on'behalf of the Attorney-Gen- eral. Another leading Catholic Barrister Mr. ,Iome- ran, who was Crown Prosecutor i [or Armagh, has also resigned i because, as he puts it, "of the general stale of things." There are almost daily meetings of legal men in Belfast, solicitors and barristers have called a meeting lo demand the repeal of the Special Powers Act (which allows the Government to detain people without Iriall and Ihe whole shaky machinery ed lo be brought together, those who were never more than wor- ried or anxious about relations 'lelwcen Catholics and Protes- 1 lants. ]n a word, if there is one, reconciliation is class bound. Thus, with Uie tempo of politi- cal action all the lime on Ihe slreets of working-class areas, ns the IRA campaign conlinues daily and nighlly, it is not the j people who are still clinging to- gether lhal are being forced j apart but. Ihose who are already divided who are being driven further from each other. But if Catholics and Protes- lanls are polarised and polaris- ing, Catholics and the Stale are polarising even more rapidly. The North's only Catholic Cabi- net Minister, Dr. G. B. Newe. com- panies dare nol send men lo repossess (heir merchandise even when payments are well OVi There is growing fear among Protestants and Unionists that Ihe Cdholic campaign Is di- rected towards one Ihing: push- ing Protestants against their will into an all-Ireland united republic dominated by the lloman Catholic Church. Prolestanls are clinging des- i peralely lo "Ihcir" government al iSJormonl, and lo Iheir much- shouted loyally to the British connection. Both sides hava Iheir hacks lo the wall, but un- mi.slakably the mood among Catholics is of impending vic- lory and among Proteslanls n( anxiety and a feeling of im- 1 pending defeat. brought into Mr. Brian Faulk-' of Ulster's judicial and legal EVANGIUSTK MEETINGS v-JcipttAt 5th Avenue and 18th Street North INVITES YOU TO HEAR REV. 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