50 years on from nationalists weaponizing fifty years of unionist misrule and surrendering to extreme republicans, Unionists are celebrating with or without republican gratification Northern Ireland’s Centenary.
Despite the continued volatile attempts by menacing trouble-makers the Union stays safe. A sop from the South to Sinn Fein to secure a border poll is not even a perceived threat. In fact the double celebration is that the Northern Irish are winning the community identity battle.
Tokenism is an offensive affront to citizenship. Unionists are outraged with the incessant ugliness of nationalists exploiting the Belfast Good Friday Agreement, as in their ownership only, and ratified by their consent exclusively. Such behaviour debases the Agreement and will destroy it. So stop!
It’s reasonable to ask – what kind of people would endanger the Agreement designed to end community division? What kind of people would tell the world that they grew up as the off-spring of second class citizens, yet shun their first class equality because the politics of bitterness makes them intolerant of unionism?
Do they not understand that unionists do not appreciate their support for policies which prevent them from being Northern Irish, Irish and unionist, being Northern Irish and British?
What unionists see clearly is the irony that irrespective of their legitimate demands for inclusiveness genuine nationalists are trapped willingly in the snare of extreme republican dogma frustrating all efforts for all Northern Irish to embrace a shared future and a common community identity.
It is very difficult to know just what unionists can offer to help nationalists and find an equitable equivalence to satisfy their needs in Northern Ireland.
So, what more can unionists contribute to ending the whole edifice of uncontrolled Irish acerbity? Realistically, not a lot when under the direct action of Simon Coveney the Irish, north and south are ganging up, aided by Brussels and the Biden White House to weaponize the N.I. Protocol to engage in anti-British, anti-unionist, anti-Northern Irish persecution and not a lot when the number one protagonist, the Irish Foreign Minister leaves unionists aghast at thinking there is an intent to turn them into Ireland’s version of Chinese Uyghurs. Besides this, it appears that Taoiseach Martin supports using his Foreign Affairs Minister as the battering ram to bludgeon unionists over the protocol. No more nice guy Michael, when push came to shove, he was right behind the not so simple Simon.
The alarming intention to antagonise unionists by the concerted combined effort of the pan-nationalist/republican front is disturbing the stability of community relationships. The Northern Irish have I believe suffered too often from brazen personalities akin to Mr. Coveney, who are over zealous in his utterances. This apparent trend must end for everybody’s sake.