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Thursday, 21 December 2006

Stoner bigs up Captain Eamo

Latest in the "you couldn't make it up" category:

Back on 24th November, the state opening of our wee toy parliament at Stormont was disrupted by mad loyalist killer Michael Stone, who managed to get into the actual building, toting a bag full of crude weaponry, without a cop in sight.

Now Stoner is arguing, in a five-page letter to the press, that his stunt was actually done in the name of performance art. Our man says, "As an artist I viewed the political event at Stormont as an opportunity to exhibit a work in performance art." This might be aimed at the trendy saps in Dublin who were keen to acclaim Stoner's painting as evidence of loyalism's deep aesthetic soul.

More interesting is the list of inspirations Stoner claims. This includes Big Ian (plausible enough), Pablo Picasso (huh?) and, best of all, Eamonn McCann. Eamonn's stunt at the Raytheon plant in Derry apparently fired Stoner's imagination.

One would hope that Captain Eamo would have the decency to show some embarrassment about this episode. And that goes for the SWP heads who claimed the Raytheon action wasn't a stunt but a mass action, too.

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