Unionists, nationalists and neither – these have three distinct agendas. Only one has always fought for the survival of Northern Ireland as an entity in its own right in geographical Ireland – yet as the clock counts down to an amazing one hundredth birthday a significant document remains missing – it is an accurate unionist narrative – a truthful assessment of the most influential political cause impacting on our history – a narrative which explains that unionists are very comfortable within a cherished British dimension. Here is how it works. The Union is an actuality. A united Ireland is a flawed aspiration. Way back, unionists were offered two options – to join in the great Irish Treaty or remain British. Unionists chose to be excluded from rule under an all – Ireland Parliament.
A narrative on Unionism will detail that since then its people have paid one hell of a price in upholding their principles and rights. The true extent of this is not on record.
An up to date narrative will show that unionism has survived all the violence thrown at it and that the Union is safe, that confidence is high, that splits are managed, that connectivity with the U.K. is strong and that unionism endorses the decline of Sinn Fein support and that they decry the absence of constitutional nationalism.
A narrative would demonstrate that unionism applauds that the term Catholics and Protestants is seldom used in debates. Unionists are very positive about the fact that some Catholics support the Union. Why wouldn’t they be? They can cope with Protestants being Irish Europeans. Not even the inglorious re-emergence of the militant moderate mafia of pretentious supremacists bothers confident unionists.
What matters is that dismantling division takes a solid dose of backbone – not the engineering of Fancy Dan innovation. Shame on the entrenched preventers who lack a vision for a shared Northern Ireland whether British or Irish.
My preference is that we are all proud Northern Irelanders. Unionism is well equipped to navigate through two way manoeuvres. Negotiating the cost of compromise is different from paying the price demanded. Writing that into a new narrative is a commitment unionists can manage.
The guarantees are in what unionists call demarcation lines but they will not be skittled by hard line nationalist battle lines.
Of course tomorrow’s narrative also includes notice of Brexit health warnings especially sabre rattling from the Irish over the border backstop.
Unionists look forward to being part of an independent nation again whereas they see a once proud independent Irish nation locked into total dependence on E.U. directives being the willing patsy promoting the border backstop.
I have yet to work out the dividing line between being bought and being a boot licker. Assisting the E.U. to use the Belfast Agreement against Brexit, sending politics here into a cataclysmic free fall spin is crazy Irish duplicity. Attempting to sabotage the will of the British over Brexit is crazy Irish politics. Marking out territory against your nearest and most lucrative market benefactor is crazy Irish economics. Irish scare mongering over violence returning to the border is one sided. Brussels have been told an Irish version of a story by Irish authors.
The other side of the story which Brussels must hear is that of loyalism which, when if necessary, will have a presence at the border to denounce any border backstop.
The final folly of the Irish government is – financing a United Stares of Europe which will cripple the Irish economy. When is the Irish government going to come clean and inform their young citizens to prepare to be conscripted into a European Army?