|Culzie||Date: Monday, 2015-04-20, 4:48 PM | Message # 1|
|This is one Labour politician I had some time for. |
Former Labour MP Lord Mason of Barnsley dies
Analysis: Gareth Gordon, BBC Northern Ireland political correspondent
Roy Mason was an old-style Labour politician who rose to become a cabinet minister, serving as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland from 1976 to until 1979.
He told the Labour Party conference that Northern Ireland had had enough of initiatives, white papers and legislation for the time being, what it needed was to be governed firmly and fairly. It was an approach that helped alienate nationalists.
The former SDLP leader Gerry Fitt accused Roy Mason of "going native" as far as unionists were concerned.
As a result Lord Fitt said he could not back Labour in the no-confidence vote in March 1979, which saw them lose power by one vote, saying his conscience could not allow him to vote for a government that retained Roy Mason as secretary of state.
Ulster Protestants consider themselves to be a separate nation. This nation they call Ulster