Sunday, 31 August 2014

Paul (Give Ireland back to the Irish) McCartney backs Union.

The London  Media  has rather predictably responded with glee that "Sir" (Tells it all really " Paul McCartney has become the latest celebrity to call for Scotland to stay part of the UK ahead of the independence referendum.

The former Beatle who wrote Mull Of Kintyre in tribute to the remote part of Scotland where he owns a farm  (so I guess he has a vote)– has signed an open letter calling on voters to choose No in next month's referendum.
He made the  the declaration as the Let's Stay Together campaign sought support in Liverpool.

The wisdom of a Unionist campaign  holding such an event in Liverpool a city which still has a residue of its sectarian past must be questioned 

Indeed it is the city of   T . P. O'Connor elected as an Irish Nation list  for  Liverpool Scotland constituencies, in 1885 which had a large Irish population; l, and represented that constituency in the House of Commons from 1885 until his death in 1929. This was the only constituency outside the island of Ireland ever to return an Irish Nationalist Party MP. Remarkably, O'Connor continued to be re-elected in Liverpool under this label unopposed in the 1918, 1922, 1923, 1924 and 1929 general elections.
The campaign said about 50,000 people, including celebrities like Sir Paul and Sir Mick Jagger, have put their names to an open letter to voters.
A spokesman for Yes Scotland said the case for "Yes" was a democratic one.
Sir Paul added his name to an open letter to voters which says: "The decision on whether to leave our shared country is, of course, absolutely yours alone.
"Nevertheless, that decision will have a huge effect on all of us in the rest of the United Kingdom.
"We want to let you know how very much we value our bonds of citizenship with you, and to express our hope that you will vote to renew them.
"What unites us is much greater than what divides us. Let's stay together."
He was not always such an establishment figure of course 
Give Ireland Back to the Irish" is a song written by Paul and Linda McCartney in response to the events of Bloody Sunday in Northern Ireland on 30 January 1972 Recorded on 1 February 1972 .

It was not a particularly brilliant song 

Give Ireland back to the Irish
Don't make them have to take it away
Give Ireland back to the Irish
Make Ireland Irish today

Great Britain, you are tremendous
And nobody knows like me
But really, what are we doing?
In the land across the sea

Tell me, how would you like it?
If on your way to work
You were stopped by Irish soldiers
Would you lie down, do nothing?

Would you give in?
Go berserk
Give Ireland back

Great Britain and all the people
Said that people must be free
And meanwhile, back in Ireland
There's a man who looks like me

And he dreams of God and country
And he's feeling really down
And he's sitting in a prison

Should he lie down, do nothing?
Should he behave like a man?
Give Ireland back

Read more: Paul McCartney - Give Ireland Back To The Irish Lyrics | MetroLyrics 

 it was released as Wings' debut single on 25 February 1972 

The Media were not so enthusiastic about Paul then it  was completely banned from media exposure in the United Kingdom, being banned by the BBC, Radio Luxembourg and the Independent Television Authority.

TV historian Dan Snow, one of the campaign co-ordinators for Let's Stay Together, said:
 "Sir Paul is one of Britain and the world's most respected musicians. We are humbled that he has signed the letter.
"Sir Paul's signature, alongside Sir Mick Jagger's and those of tens of thousands of people from all over the country, shows that English, Welsh and Northern Irish people hope passionately that the Scottish vote to renew their bonds of citizenship with us.
"The decision is for the Scottish voters alone. Let's Stay Together simply want them to know that we hope that they will stay part of our shared country.
The campaign in fact has only managed to raise  50,000 people, including celebrities like Sir Paul and "Sir" Yes (Tells it all again)" Mick Jagger, have put their names to an open letter to for a much hyped media campaign 

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