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"Unionists just want to be left alone"??

I must admit, of all the dishonest things I've heard from British politicians lately, that was the one that made me goggle. Oh, if only...

However, to my eyes, their idea of "being left alone" is somewhat closer to that of the Confederate States leading up to the outbreak of the US Civil War. Just leave us alone with our white supremacy and slavery and we'll be fine. The problem with the Unionists is that being left alone requires republicans being left lower; which is where all this started.

Sadly, all of the things that preserved the unionist compact with their electorate have gone. Mostly it was well paid skilled and semi skilled jobs in the shipyards and other defence contractors. But that has all gone now, working class unionists are now no better off than their republican brethren. So they're left clinging to symbols and whipping up confected outrage for their mobs. But, as John Hume noted, you can't eat a flag.

Arlene Foster can claim she will leave Ulster if it join the Republic, but where could she go to find another religious apartheid state ?  Scotland might have been possible, but that's looking to leave the UK too. If it is to be england, then I hope she chooses carefully because, whatever they think of brexit, most English people couldn't give a shit about Ulster and its petty bitterness.

People have noted that the union they crave is curiously one-eyed and needy. Like a cat, they're constantly asking for validation and attention from Westminster but only on their terms. An affirmation that is never reciprocated. This is because this ideal union, which they wish to be left alone to contemplate,  can only exist in their own minds, forever to be idealised, but now as remote from the 21st century as the British Empire which sustained it.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Apr 19th, 2021 at 01:29:48 PM EST

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