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Brexit and Agriculture in Northern Ireland

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Quietly, under this Northern Ireland pasture, the tectonic plates are grumbling

He can read the countryside like that, too. It is a parchment recording our history. There are Protestant farms and Catholic farms. There are forces determined to maintain the boundaries between them.

"You'll often hear it said that such a piece of land will never be sold to a Catholic," he says. "Or the other way round. That's how it is." And it is no surprise that it should be like that, for the history of division in Ulster is a history of land and territory. The Plantation of Ulster was a claiming of land for settlers who were, roughly speaking, the ancestors of the people who are now the backbone of unionism.

by Oui on Tue Dec 15th, 2020 at 07:30:28 PM EST
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And it is also about whether an ancient grievance is about to simply disappear, dissolved not by victory on any side, but simply by having become economically unsustainable.

Maybe, but I bet the decline of farming is fertile ground for new grievences.

Alos the formulation of protestants versus catholics isn't as ancient as one might think. If I understand correctly it was fostered in the aftermath of the rebellion of 1798 in order to split the nationalist Irish along religious lines. Before 1798 non-Anglican protestant Irish were considered Irish and wasn't given special priviledges, but after they were accepted into the protestant and anti-catholic community.

by fjallstrom on Wed Dec 16th, 2020 at 09:25:08 AM EST
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In the US the decline of farming (real farming, as opposed to corporate agriculture factories) has led to the decline of the small towns that supported them.  In the county I grew up in, the changes are a kick in the teeth.  The county seat has declined by 40%; all other towns by 50%.  Outside of the county seat, there are effectively no businesses.  Where there were six high schools, there are now three, and those are half the size they used to be.  Services in general, including health care, libraries, and Internet providers, are getting harder to find.  The population is aging rapidly, and many of the few young people remaining have no opportunities other than cooking meth behind the barn.  Rural America has become a pressure cooker of racism and fundamentalism fueled by ignorance, isolation, and desperation.  Guess where the hardest core of Trump support is?
by rifek on Thu Dec 17th, 2020 at 03:53:15 PM EST
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They have consistently been offered reality based alternatives and they have consistently refused.  They think of themselves as the Salt of the Earth when they are really just ignorant hick Evangelical bigots

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Thu Dec 17th, 2020 at 06:30:50 PM EST
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Ah but they are saved, while everyone else is a sinner. And Trump is the saviour sent by God to punish the evil coastal elites and give them their place in Mar-a-lago...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Dec 17th, 2020 at 07:11:43 PM EST
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Except, alas, living in Mar-a-lago is only a sometime thing.

Trump's Mar-a-Lago Neighbors: Get the Hell Off Our Lawn

According to The Washington Post, some of Trump's Palm Beach neighbors have written a formal letter, delivered to both town officials and the Secret Service on Tuesday, stating in no uncertain terms that the president had better find housing elsewhere. Noting an agreement Trump signed in 1993, the letter reminds all those copied that he lost the legal right to live at the club full-time and that in order to "avoid an embarrassing situation" wherein the soon-to-be-former president moves in and then is forced to leave, the town should notify Trump ASAP that he cannot live there.

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She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Dec 18th, 2020 at 03:20:01 PM EST
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