Tag Archives: Sinn Féin

From the Guardian: “The Irish question may yet save Britain from Brexit”

28 Nov

Polly Toynbee:

It was always there for all to see, the great Celtic stone cross barring the way to Brexit. Finally, as crunch day nears, the government and its Brextremists have to confront what was always a roadblock to their fantasies. They pretended it was nothing. Reviving that deep-dyed, centuries-old contempt for the Irish, they have dismissed it with an imperial fly-whisk as a minor irritation. No longer.”

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And see:

“The DUP also insists on no hard border, rightly resisting any suggestion of moving customs posts to Irish ports: most of Northern Ireland’s trade moves across the sea to the rest of UK, not to the Republic. Above all, the symbolism of any special status for Northern Ireland that divides it from the mainland cuts to the marrow of its sense of identity [my emphasis], more deeply than all the identity and sovereignty emotions that plunged us into this Brexit morass in the first place.”

Yeah.  Well, that’s just tough shit.  Protestants’ presence in Northern Ireland was the result of a centuries-long brutal, murderous process of land appropriation and illegal settlement.  No one’s asking them to leave, and it’s ludicrous to think their cultural or religious rights won’t be respected in a united Irish Republic or that they will live segregated in any way except in one of their own making.  They can keep their marrow-deep identity.  Just not by continuing the injustice that it’s based on.

This, however, is an interesting possibility:

“Seeking flexibility among some of the most rigid of UK politicians might seem like tilting at windmills. But we should consider the obligations of Sinn Féin too. Isn’t it time it reviewed its age-old stance? Seven Sinn Féin MPs are elected to Westminster but refuse to take their seats as it involves taking an oath of allegiance. Since 1918, its abstentionism has been unshakable. But right now that stand sees them throw away power and influence while the DUP rides high at Westminster. Think how strong these Sinn Féin remainers would be if they took up their seats and helped to tip the Brexit balance.”

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What did or do Ulster Protestants believe? That the Raj is eternal?

24 Nov

DUP leader says government trying “to use EU negotiations to promote united Ireland.”

Which is exactly what it should be doing.

Ulster Protestants are now the minority in Northern Ireland.  Northern Ireland has no functioning government.  The Catholic majority was pretty mature in its tossing off of uglier nationalisms a couple of decades ago and probably still wouldn’t have a problem if things stayed the way they had been agreed upon in the Good Friday agreement.

Protestants now want to lay down barbed wire — again — across sections of Ireland.  EVERY international player that has a ball in the game should now make it clear to them that that’s not going to happen — Britain especially.

Read the article in the Guardian.  I can’t be bothered to repeat my arguments any more.  Here they are:

Ireland — Gimme a break; I can’t believe this is even up for discussion

Is England ready for fresh Irish blood on its hands?

Ireland told-you-so: “I don’t think there’s any real support for violence, but you can see how quickly things can unravel…It’s very bleak, and it is something to worry about.”

“…The Irish government can’t overplay this card, but nor should anyone in the UK underestimate the seriousness with which it will hold to its position.”

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Ha… Catalonia is finally getting the West to rethink what it did to YUGOSLAVIA!

10 Oct

Sapnish flag demonstrationProtesters hold a giant Spanish flag during a demonstration to support the unity of Spain on 8 October in Barcelona. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

The Guardian has an interesting take on things in Spain: A dangerous time for Catalonia, Spain and the rest of Europe that is original in that it brings together commentators from different parts of Europe who each have their own particular p.o.v. on what’s going on in terms of secession and identity politics.  They’re each interesting in their way — though I expected Gerry Adams to have something more compelling to say and sort of can’t tell if he’s being ironic (David Cameron?).  The most important one for me, though, is the comment on Kosovo (though it also angers you because it took so long for someone to say this):

“Since Nato illegally bombed Serbia in 1999 to wrest control of Kosovo from the Balkan nation, we have witnessed a significant increase in the number of secessionist efforts around the world as borders have unravelled in Ukraine and elsewhere (Catalan president vows to press on with independence, 5 October). Western leaders should be ashamed at having encouraged the hopes of terrorists worldwide that borders can be changed and national sovereignty and international laws are meaningless if they can get Nato to support their cause. Get ready for a lot more trouble ahead.”

Dr Michael Pravica
Henderson, Nevada, USA


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