Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 16, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wedneidoy, February 16, 1972 THE IETHBRIDCE HERALD 37 Stretches several miles British Army's line' is Ulster's wall of hate and fear London Observer Service BELFAST Separating the mean rows of tiny terraced houses that make up the work- ing class ghettos of Belfast there still stands, monument to two and a half years of political stagnation and civil strife, the British Army's corrugated iron wal, the n eith- er side the children play. From either side men go to work, it they have jobs, or t ostand 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 of the city, is the most visible sign of ever- growing polarisation between Catholics and Protestants. It is the physical divide; the human divisions stretch further, 1 i e deeper in tlio heart and will hardly be knocked down with a bulldozer's blow. Along the peace-line, British soldiers mount guard from rais- ed machine-gun posts that would not seem out of place in Berlin. Slow-moving Land Hovers and Saracen armoured cars crawl through Catholic areas, ever- watchful for snipers, stone- throwers or at least insult-hurl- FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE! crs (rum the sullen Catholic community. From Ik- olhtr side comes tea and Klko. The Protestant population in these areas walclics the Catholics "getting what Ihey deserve." Such is the measure of community feeling in Belfast that after Londonderry's "Bloody Sun- day there v.-as hardly a mur- mur of anxiety on Belfast's Shankill Hoad. When the politi- cians and Church leaders were expressing their sympathy, the Shankill remained silent un- moved. Not even the enormity of Der- ry's suffering changed relations between Ulster's Catholics and Protestants. The oficial Catho- lic line is that a peaceful march was attacked hy British troops and 13 people were mown down, while the Protestant point of view is thai Ihe march was il- legal, the Irish Republican Army's gunmen tired first and troops shot to kill only those who "bloody well deserved as one Protestant Senator at Slormont Casllo remarked pri- vately. Opinion about the rights and wrongs of what happened in Derry has become the short- hand for the divisions in this community. CLASS STRl'CTL'ttES Division between Catholic and Protestant is now almost direct- ly related to class structures. A rule of thumb might he: ac- cording to your rise in the sn- cial ladder you are less separ- ated. But a simpler rule is that the more contact Protestants and Catholics have, and the more they realise each other's mutual dependence the less the bitterness, the less the animos- ity. For ignorance is still the real barrier in a divided com- munity. The simple fact is that work- Human resources council notes big political change i ing-class Catholics and Protes-1 ner's Cabinet with no mandate system is in danger of going to tanls rarely meet across the and welf confessedly repres- pieces. j peace-lines except in sullen con- j enting no one, has said he will Catholic alienation from gov- frontalion. People on the next i stay in office. But lie made it crnment can also be seen in the step up the ladder meet a little j clear that it was not to servo continuing campaign of civil more, feel a little less, until on i any "Unionist regime" but to disobedience. You can find Ihe lop rungs there is mutual j serve the community. And Miss Catholics in working class areas 1 a ir.'ptance of each other and i Sheelagh Murnaghan, a former of Belfast, Derry, Strabane, an almost complete realisation I Liberal MP at Stormont, a Ncwry and other towns who that, until sectarianism is taken from the Northern Ireland scon- Catholic and a member of the cannot remember when last Community Relations CommLs- i they paid a gas, electricity, tcl- EDMONTON (CP) The abrupt change in Alberta's po- litical environment was one of the major facets of life in the province the Human Resources Research Council says in its report for 1971. The report was the swan song for the council which hoa been disbanded by tlio Progressive Conservatives which swept the Social Credit government out of office after 36 years. Launcbid by the Social Cred- it government in 1967, the coun- cil opsrated on a budget of about a year, employ- ed 40 people and provided grants to university parsonnel for ouLside research. Tile Progressive Conserva- tive government announced Jan. 10 the council would be closed by March 31, 1973. 'SOCIAL AUDIT' The council's annual report, a 54 page booklet, provided what it called a "social audit" of the quality of life in Alberta. Other major aspects 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 new, subtle political attitudes probably would "strength over the next decade." These include a belief that policy formation should be opon and made in the public arena, I an expectation that govern- I nients be rational and knowl- edge based rather than pa- temalistics and instil u t i o n- I and a halt to "polilick- ing" over Tie people's money, business and welfare and moves to get en with tire development of efficient government opera- tion. The report said although thf 1S71 economic picture was un- stable, productivity rcUirned in almost all areas, including (hi oil and natural gas industry and the agriculture industry. Noting governments "tend to be reactive rather than stiiici- Ihe council 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 to crises." arm there is no lasting hope, j sion, said she too would stick evision, or local council rates Somewhere, sometimes, there to her post, not for Mr. Faulk- j bill. It is impossible In cut off are straws of hope in the wind, j ner's sake but to try to keep in- i essential services without also signs however small that some tact the "frail bridges between sections of Catholic and Protes- I tant opinion are still clinging to- gelhcr. But mostly those recon- hitting neighbouring Protes! ant Protestant and Catholic that 1 areas and hire purchase com- panic; dare not send men to died are those who never need- I the beginnings of what may well ed to be brought together, those be a significant exodus from know still exist.' But the last week has seen repossess their merchandise even when payments are well who were never more than wor- ried or anxious about relations between Catholics and Protes- j tants. In a word, if there is one, reconciliation is class bound. Thus, with the tempo of politi- cal action all the lime on the streets of working-class areas, as the IRA campaign continues daily and nightly, it is not the I people who are still clinging to- j gether that are being forced j apart but those who are already divided who are being driven further from each other. But if Catholics and Protes- tants are polarised and polaris- ing, Catholics and the State are polarising even more rapidly. The North's only Catholic Cabi- net Minister, Dr. G. B. Newe. public life of the Catholic pro- fesional class, notably law- yers. Two senior Coun- sel on the northern bar. Mr. Garreth McGrath and Mr. Mich- ael Lavery, have asked to be re- lived of their prosecuting briefs which they have been handling on'behalf of the Attorney-Gen- eral. Another leading Catholic Barrister Mr. Jame" McSoar- ran, who was Crown Prosecutor for Armagh, has also resigned because, as he puts it, "of the general state of things." There are almost daily meetings of legal men in Belfast, solicitors and barristers have called a meeting to demand the repeal of the Special Powers Act (which allows the Government I to detain people without trial) and the whole shaky machinery overdue. There is growing fear among i Protestants and Unionists that Ihe Cdholic campaign is di- rected towards one thing: push- ing Protestants against their will into an all-Ireland united republic dominated by the Itoman Catholic Church. 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