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You're even more of an incurable optimist than I am. 😊

In the election of 1994, the ANC got a clear mandate with 62.6% of the vote and 252 seats in a 400 seat parliament.

The NI situation is a religious conflict centuries old. As I understand it, the division is carried over from father to son. There is no peace but a truce. I haven't seen much of a reconciliation and the two camps were quite ready to and capable of confrontation recently. Same location as history dictates. First feat would be to "tear down that wall" and symbol of division. That would be a start for reconciliations and conversation between parties. Downing Street with Tory leadership won't be much of any help. Perhaps under leadership of an Irish-American? A long process that will take years.

by Oui on Mon May 3rd, 2021 at 09:53:04 PM EST
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All I'm saying is that widespread violence is not inevitable or unavoidable, but that that requires a quality of leadership not yet in evidence, to put it mildly...

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue May 4th, 2021 at 09:09:45 AM EST
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but highly likely.  

The same ethnic culture of Protestant Northern Ireland produces the Ku Klux Klan here in the US.  And like the Klan the UVF, etc., are intolerant bigots who will resort to violence when their world is challenged.

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

by ATinNM on Tue May 4th, 2021 at 05:23:02 PM EST
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Bush tells GOP it can't win anything with appeal to 'White Anglo-Saxon Protestantism'

Because the U.S. is a two-party system its form of democracy functions - though barely - due to their Constitutions of 1787. The Brits should be quite jealous with their one-party system of governing the Empire. Go BoJo go!

The catalyst for Magna Carta was the tyrannical rule of King John and, in particular, his imposition of arbitrary taxes upon the barons.

In 800 years not much has changed ... somewhere around 1773 King George lost a promising colony due to taxes and the revolt of the Boston Tea Party. The ghost of the Tea Party still roams the countryside and a revolt is always imminent as the militia are well armed.

by Oui on Tue May 4th, 2021 at 06:31:19 PM EST
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You could have (and still can) say the same about Afrikaaner Calvinists -  (with whom some unionists closely identify) - many threatened widespread violence, but in the event it didn't amount to much, and ended up being less than the routine violence that Apartheid visited upon blacks.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue May 4th, 2021 at 10:25:39 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed May 5th, 2021 at 09:38:11 AM EST
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