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A brief forage back into the wilderness of Northern Ireland politics and this time concerning the “quest” for Unionist Unity. This item caught my eye!

Peter Robinson has a dream: a single unionist party. But for some Ulster Unionists, this represents a nightmare: the DUP destroying the UUP. Whatever one’s perspective, this holy grail in unionism comes up every so often. Remember the talks involving the UUP, DUP and Conservatives that ended in acrimony in 2010?

Indeed, Peter Robinson is talking about it again – because his party and members of the Ulster Unionist party are formally talking, apparently about closer cooperation. One issue that concerns some of them is protecting the office of first minister from falling under Sinn Fein control, should they gain the largest number of seats at the next assembly election.

This is all nonsense.

For starters, the “single unionist party” will never happen – too many egos and too much history.

Then there is the issue over which policies and issues to unite around. Not so simple with the little Ulster Nationalists in the DUP wanting to consume whatever is left of the Ulster Unionist’s broader interest in the UK and in particular with Conservatism.

Finally, the real aim here seems to be to want to keep the alleged;y coveted “First Minister” title for Unionism. But as I have pointed out ad nauseum, this is purely a symbolic title. The co-First Minister, Martin McGuinness, has a complete veto over everything the First Minister does. So isn’t it more accurate to say that the drive for “unionist unity” is all about preserving a pointless symbolism that means nothing in an Assembly that undermines the Britishness of Northern Ireland by the day? If the UUP and DUP want to unite, let it be around the need to see justice prevail, to see terrorism excised from the institutions of Government, and to see the tenets of democratic government restored at Stormont. On that, all I hear is silence.

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7 thoughts on “A COALITION OF THE ABSURD

  1. So Unionists will have a choice at the ballot box of:

    DUP

    Or

    …..

    There needs to be at least two parties capable of appealing to Unionist voters or there is no democracy.

    Ideally both parties would be better than the DUP.

  2. “and to see the tenets of democratic government restored at Stormont.”

    When did they obtain? Must have been before my time—or perhaps in a parallel universe.

  3. A divided unionism is a house against its self. That suits me. Martin McGuinness says we should stay out of the Scottish independence debate – I think he’s wrong. It should be grasped with both hands as big house unionism is running scared, as they were too much concentrated on the old foe to see Salmond coming at them from the side. Later today Salmond will put forward plans for a referendum on independence – Camerons bluff is being called. Time to get out of a failed union with the i paper suggesting Wales could be next. A stagnant economy with no growth, that even the imf are saying to the tories to slow down on the cuts to allow for growth, but likea blind man they’ll push their agenda that will see Britain definitely in a recession it will find very hard to recover from. Time for the smaller nations to go it alone..

  4. David,

    Democracy never existed in Northern Ireland. Yours is the minority view and it was never shared by the rest of the world.

    It’s rather similar to the North Koreans stubbornly believing that theirs is a perfect society 🙂

  5. kateyo,
    “Time to get out of a failed union with the i paper suggesting Wales could be next. A stagnant economy with no growth, that even the imf are saying to the Tories to slow down on the cuts to allow for growth, but like a blind man they’ll push their agenda that will see Britain definitely in a recession it will find very hard to recover from. Time for the smaller nations to go it alone..”

    They won’t stop being smaller nations either.
    When I read stuff like this I think to myself,
    “Gee, I wonder how it would have been if Ireland/Scotland/Wales had been the dominant nation in the British Isles?”
    How would things be different?
    If Ireland, would we all be part of the victorious Third Reich??
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_neutrality_during_World_War_II

    If Scotland would we see a Catholic King Louis the Umpteenth on the throne, and would we be burning Welsh lamb?

    If Wales, would we all have our own “comfort sheep”??

    IT just amazes me that people could be so biased and stupid as to believe we would all be better off without each other. “Better tie ourselves to the EU, than stay another minute with the hated English!”

    Now that attitude could motivate me to piss on the “Disgruntled Ones”.

  6. “The Ulster Unionist’s broader interest in the UK and in particular with Conservatism”

    What? The party that ran the NI state as it’s own personal fifedom for fifty years until Wesminster imposed Direct Rule against the wishes of the UU? You’re having a laugh.

    “It prevailed when convicted terrorists did not sit in office at Stormont”

    Interesting that ‘convicted’ is used as a qualitative adjective here.

    “If Ireland, would we all be part of the victorious Third Reich??”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_neutrality_during_World_War_II

    Yeah, Ireland’s nuetrality in WWII, alright then.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onlGWRXkZv0

    This is proof that unionism is running scared. If SF take the FM post at Stormont it may be a symbolic post but it will be a devestating blow to unionist confidence. We all know how symbolism is to unonism with it’s flags and marches etc.

    “The “single unionist party” will never happen – too many egos and too much history”

    Hit, nail, head.

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