In vain this blog has searched for public condemnation by unionist politicians and parties of the clear threat to a human being (of the Catholic persuasion) in Ballymoney on Friday morning.
The UUP were quick to condemn the sheep-painting, but are silent on car destruction.
The DUP are silent on both issues – the owner of the sheep was obviously not one of their members or supporters.
The TUV condemn the “sectarian attack” on the sheep (if only victims of unionist sectarianism had suffered only from paint, rather than bullets), but say nothing about the Ballymoney attack, despite it being in Jim Allister’s own area of North Antrim.
Protestant victims campaigner, Willie Frazer, was first out of the blocks to condemn the trauma the sheep suffered – including, apparently, not just being painted green and orange (nature provided the white), but also red, the colour of the Tyrone GAA team. FAIR, Frazer’s vehicle, claims to be a “non-sectarian, non-political organisation to work in the interests of the innocent victims of terrorism in South Armagh” – but extended its interest as far as east Tyrone in the case of the sheep, but not as far north as Ballymoney for a human.
So, dear readers, sleep less easy in your beds. Mere sheep matter more to unionism than you do.
Unionists, hang your heads in shame.