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And why is that?
by Bernard on Sat Sep 2nd, 2017 at 08:38:52 PM EST
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I think it's a historical hangover from when Ulster, although nominally a full part of the UK, was effectively a colonial state practicing apartheid. A state of affairs that only changed in the 80s.

Previously, the right to vote was restricted to property owners. Loyalist protestant organisations had  massive strangelhold over unionised, well-paid secure employment such as in the docks and shipbuilding, the two principle employers in Ulster. This meant that their workers were able to afford to live in private housing in "nice" meighbourhoods.

Catholics, trapped in low wage insecure jobs, were largely restricted to large council house rented ghetto estates and were, thus, denied the vote.

So, you had the strange anomaly of unions, supposedly a socialist organisation, protecting the rights and privileges of people whose attitude towards catholics was archetypally alt-right.

this state of affairs was heavily protected officially and ahem, deniably. During the late 60s the Labour party was supportive of the demand from Ulster catholics for voting and human rights. Indeed, the army was first sent to Ulster by the then Labour govt to protect catholics from the increasingly violent militarised protestant police force.

However, it is likely that certain secret organisations in whitehall such as, but not only, MI5 began to orchestrate a change of direction in support of the protestant unionists. This led to the needless imposition of internment, detention without trial for indeterminate periods, a situation made worse by increasingly provocative Unionist behaviour during "marching season".

However, by 1972, the Labour party regarded the pursuit of catholic voting rights in Ulster as likely to cause more problems than it solved, so it was dropped.

After that, they lacked crediblity until recently

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Sep 2nd, 2017 at 09:24:21 PM EST
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