We Northern Irelanders are heading towards a bing bang wallop bust up between now and Christmas. Forget the media mood music of sweet nothin’s. Watch the final countdown unravel to point of Brexit, the backstop, rights and wrongs, devolution and direct rule all caught in the circumnavigation of smouldering bitterness – a crunch period in which to find out if the game plan agendas will have altered. I doubt it!
From a personal perspective my unionist flair for saying what many only dare to think to themselves tells me this – the next six months will be decision time for corporate unionism – the whole family advancing their opening gambit in a unity of purpose which nails true unionism to the mast – action to draw down the curtain on further communication with the current nationalist leadership North and South. Unionists are weary of continued confrontation, disrespect and nauseating agitation. There is no point or need to waste further effort cajoling nationalists to behave responsibly. Unionists are not in the business of playing the Sinn Fein game of a one way process. We do not like them, have nothing in common with their unity ambitions, do not trust them, do not agree with them and we do not share in their concept of executive power sharing.
It cuts deeply into my love and high regard for my fellow Northern Irelanders to see no end to division and its festering wounds. The truth hurts too. Running away from facing up to responsibility and accountability does not exonerate anyone from blame and the consequence of failure to honour the intent of the Belfast Agreement. I repudiate again those who say Northern Ireland is a failed entity, especially when such people associated themselves with ‘tearing Belfast down brick by brick.’ Such offensive sloganizing by republicans continues to belittle my people and our Country. Fearful as I am of the ultimate consequences of unionism separating from nationalism, everyone must see the necessity of a decision which accepts division. Republicans have shut the door on partnership and ruined the prospect of togetherness as Northern Irelanders.
There is not even a smidgeon of evidence to demonstrate Sinn Fein wants to avoid weaponizing their uncompromising use of division as part of their exhaustive political process to break the backs of unionists. Unionists have caught on that it is the overwhelming purpose of non-unionists to ferment division, that draws the curtain down on any possibility of moving forward. Against this reality nationalists have no chance of convincing unionism of a willingness to facilitate partnership when Sinn Fein’s credentials are applauded by nationalists as the persuaders and defenders of division.
There are more than enough unionists in all walks of life in all churches and none, to act to prevent forceful separation from the United Kingdom. Sinn Fein do not command such diversity. Their struggle is not about uniting Ireland. Their perpetual struggle is to command a majority of Northern Irelanders. Constitutional Nationalism currently eclipsed by republicanism would be very welcome to make a comeback for the well being and good of all Northern Irelanders.