Rare interview with Oglach Mairead Farrell.



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I suppose it was only a matter of time before you resorted to that type of crap, only to be expected of course from someone clueless on the matters being discussed on thread.
Micky, I will leave you alone for the night now. Put on the kettle or open a beer, put the feet up, put on the TV and tune in to support the 26 in their qualifier against Denmark. Up the Republic
 

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"No true Republican would ever have signed The Belfast Agreement."

"It was a sell-out of all our fathers died for and all that we stood for"

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Ian Paisley on the GFA/Belfast Agreement - the same GFA that the DUP is bitterly opposed to, along with the Right wing of the British Tory party and the Far Right scum in Britain.
It was the single greatest humiliation for the British Govt since Suez - otherwise, the above collection would all be gloating about it rather than doing everything to undermine it.

Now the GFA has put the Irish Border where it belongs - in the Irish Sea.
The thing is though that Sinn Fein now are actually opposed to a 32 county unitary Irish state. So they cannot be considered Irish Republican by any stretch of the imagination.
 

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Before the rebellion initiated by the British ex-servicemen, the Six County Catholics were a subordinate and repressed bunch. With their self-respect restored by the Provisional military campaign the Catholics are now confident and fearless. If it came to it they could see off the British Army all over again, along with their loyalist stooges. But quicker this time --- now they know how it's done.

None of the ex-servicemen I knew ever expressed regret for starting the rebellion. Curiously, their British Legion club near the heart of the Bogside of Derry continued to function throughout the war. Re-designated as "the Services Club", I remember at the end of an evening's conviviality they would stand to attention under the portrait of the Queen and sing her anthem. They had no problems during the Provisional war. After Bloody Sunday they marched in formation to the War Memorial in the Diamond, and ceremonially burned their medals.

Before the Provisional era the ex-servicemen were a driving force in expelling British state forces from their area for a non-negligible period of time. I recall pompous imperial types standing up in parliament and denouncing the government for failing to enforce the Queen's writ in the Queen's realm. It was sweet. The local British military commander was obliged to hold meetings with the rebels to obtain their permission for movements of his men. At one point the air space was disputed.
You amuse me. You talk as if the UK armed forces were in some way unleashed on the Catholic community instead of acting as pseudo police acting under civil law waiving yellow cards about. Had they acted in a manner seen internationally, then NI's Catholics would today be in the same position as Sri Lanka's Tamils or Muslims from (or formerly from) Eastern Bosnia.

Having said that and to be fair you can only beat what's in front of you and The UK armed forces were what they were allowed to be by the liberal politicians in London - pretty useless. But that's were Loyalist death squads came in....
 

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You amuse me. You talk as if the UK armed forces were in some way unleashed on the Catholic community instead of acting as pseudo police acting under civil law waiving yellow cards about. Had they acted in a manner seen internationally, then NI's Catholics would today be in the same position as Sri Lanka's Tamils or Muslims from (or formerly from) Eastern Bosnia.

Having said that and to be fair you can only beat what's in front of you and The UK armed forces were what they were allowed to be by the liberal politicians in London - pretty useless. But that's were Loyalist death squads came in....
Remind us Irish again - which country invaded and occupied and partitioned which country???
 

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To return to the theme --- the crucial political insight of Máiréad Farrell and her comrades.

In 1969 and subsequently, why did the Six Counties not proceed to a Balkans-style conflict in which streets and neighbourhoods and townlands were swept clean and whole populations moved with great slaughter? All the ingredients were there, so why did it not happen?

Propagandists (including those in this thread) put it down to the benign role of the British forces who selflessly held the line between the local savages who sought only to destroy each other. This propaganda has a long pedigree, going back to the independence movement of 100 years ago, and indeed long before.

The independence movement unexpectedly met with some success and once it happened British policy-makers hoped it would be short-lived and unstable. (They were just Micks after all, at best good for cannon-fodder but not much else. "Under the right leadership your average Peddy is the best demned fighting man in the world." The Brexit saga showed that the imperial colonial mindset persists to this day.)

By staging armed rebellion against the British government in 1912, British loyalists in the Six Counties showed they would not accept British Dominion status for Ireland as a whole. By 1920 Britain had many options for governing the Six Counties. It calculatedly and deliberately selected the one form of government which was guaranteed to keep the Six Counties, and hence the rest of Ireland, in an unstable, dangerous and precarious condition.

The one thing it did not want in Ireland was stable self-government. Anyone who doubts this should please wake up and look around them. This carry on is second nature to hereditary rulers of the world.

So what did Britain do? It armed the UVF to the teeth and gave it the power of policing the streets, neighbourhoods and townlands of their traditional enemies. Astonishingly, the Catholics meekly put up with this for nearly half a century.

To be fair to them, they were unarmed and defenceless. Under attack, the 1969 ex-servicemen brought their military instincts and training to the situation. One of them --- not Irish, not Catholic --- once explained to me how worried they were about the hundreds of thousands of guns held by the inflamed and angry Six County loyalists. And that was just the legal weapons. In desperation their representatives appealed to the Irish government which, by tradition, claimed an interest in the Six Counties. They were dismissed, and the Irish government, with all its international political and diplomatic resources, spent much of the next quarter century or so contemplating their navels and striking hypocritical moralistic attitudes, while the northern Catholics such as Máiréad Farrell were forced to get on with the job of doing something for themselves, of doing something about the sovereign power which created, oversaw, and maintained this situation.

So why did the Balkans scenario not unfold? The British state interest required, not a Balkans-style collapse, but the instability of a THREAT of a Balkans-style collapse; which Britain was averting because of its indispensable and benign oversight; and which kept the now-independent Irish Republic at its beck and call. In other words, the updated version of its 1920 policy.

What else did Britain expect to gain by this strategy? Who knows. But anything can happen. You are Britain, and if you're not in the game you can't win. Ireland was and is Britain's backyard and, as Brexit recently demonstrated, Britain expects Ireland to FUNCTION as its backyard. For most of the last century the Irish state faithfully (if not knowingly) played its expected part. The British way is tenacious, long-term, determined and cunning.

The Provisionals disrupted the "Ulsterisation" strategy. Unlike previous Paddy-shenanigans, Máiréad Farrell and her comrades showed almost British-grade tenacity, foresight and determination. What a surprise THAT was!

So why ELSE did the Balkans scenario not unfold? In 1969-70 the ex-servicemen strategy would have required substantial political and diplomatic input from the Irish state. The failure of this brought on the Provisionals. One of the consequences of the failure was a vastly heightened threat of all-againt-all conflict: the Balkans scenario. Many individual young men of my acquaintance, who had previously knocked about together in relative peace, now armed themselves and set out to kill each other.

On the Catholic side, the entry of the Provisionals brought about the suppression of this proliferation of maverick groups and lone rangers. They were given the choice of either going home or joining the Provos. Such an instruction could not be lightly disregarded.

The Provos inherited a war situation. In war the most terrible things can be and will be done by all sides. But by pitching themselves primarily against the underlying cause of the trouble --- the British state and its long term strategy for Ireland --- Máiréad Farrell and her people averted the worst.

That is why I salute her.
 
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To return to the theme --- the crucial political insight of Máiréad Farrell and her comrades.

In 1969 and subsequently, why did the Six Counties not proceed to a Balkans-style conflict in which streets and neighbourhoods and townlands were swept clean and whole populations moved with great slaughter? All the ingredients were there, so why did it not happen?

Propagandists (including those in this thread) put it down to the benign role of the British forces who selflessly held the line between the local savages who sought only to destroy each other. This propaganda has a long pedigree, going back to the independence movement of 100 years ago, and indeed long before.

The independence movement unexpectedly met with some success and once it happened British policy-makers hoped it would be short-lived and unstable. (They were just Micks after all, at best good for cannon-fodder but not much else. "Under the right leadership your average Peddy is the best demned fighting man in the world." The Brexit saga showed that the imperial colonial mindset persists to this day.)

By staging armed rebellion against the British government in 1912, British loyalists in the Six Counties showed they would not accept British Dominion status for Ireland as a whole. By 1920 Britain had many options for governing the Six Counties. It calculatedly and deliberately selected the one form of government which was guaranteed to keep the Six Counties, and hence the rest of Ireland, in an unstable, dangerous and precarious condition.

The one thing it did not want in Ireland was stable self-government. Anyone who doubts this should please wake up and look around them. This carry on is second nature to hereditary rulers of the world.

So what did Britain do? It armed the UVF to the teeth and gave it the power of policing the streets, neighbourhoods and townlands of their traditional enemies. Astonishingly, the Catholics meekly put up with this for nearly half a century.

To be fair to them, they were unarmed and defenceless. Under attack, the 1969 ex-servicemen brought their military instincts and training to the situation. One of them --- not Irish, not Catholic --- once explained to me how worried they were about the hundreds of thousands of guns held by the inflamed and angry Six County loyalists. And that was just the legal weapons. In desperation their representatives appealed to the Irish government which, by tradition, claimed an interest in the Six Counties. They were dismissed, and the Irish government, with all its international political and diplomatic resources, spent much of the next quarter century or so contemplating their navels and striking hypocritical moralistic attitudes, while the northern Catholics such as Máiréad Farrell were forced to get on with the job of doing something for themselves, of doing something about the sovereign power which created, oversaw, and maintained this situation.

So why did the Balkans scenario not unfold? The British state interest required, not a Balkans-style collapse, but the instability of a THREAT of a Balkans-style collapse; which Britain was averting because of its indispensable and benign oversight; and which kept the now-independent Irish Republic at its beck and call. In other words, the updated version of its 1920 policy.

What else did Britain expect to gain by this strategy? Who knows. But anything can happen. You are Britain, and if you're not in the game you can't win. Ireland was and is Britain's backyard and, as Brexit recently demonstrated, Britain expects Ireland to FUNCTION as its backyard. For most of the last century the Irish state faithfully (if not knowingly) played its expected part. The British way is tenacious, long-term, determined and cunning.

The Provisionals disrupted the "Ulsterisation" strategy. Unlike previous Paddy-shenanigans, Máiréad Farrell and her comrades showed almost British-grade tenacity, foresight and determination. What a surprise THAT was!

So why ELSE did the Balkans scenario not unfold? In 1969-70 the ex-servicemen strategy would have required substantial political and diplomatic input from the Irish state. The failure of this brought on the Provisionals. One of the consequences of the failure was a vastly heightened threat of all-againt-all conflict: the Balkans scenario. Many individual young men of my acquaintance, who had previously knocked about together in relative peace, now armed themselves and set out to kill each other.

On the Catholic side, the entry of the Provisionals brought about the suppression of this proliferation of maverick groups and lone rangers. They were given the choice of either going home or joining the Provos. Such an instruction could not be lightly disregarded.

The Provos inherited a war situation. In war the most terrible things can be and will be done by all sides. But by pitching itself primarily against the underlying cause of the trouble --- the British state and its long term strategy for Ireland --- Máiréad Farrell and her people averted the worst.

That is why I salute her.
What a load of pish.

Farrell was on a mission to murder tourists in Gibraltar when she met her end.

No warning bombs and shooting unarmed people in the back was her level.
 

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To return to the theme --- the crucial political insight of Máiréad Farrell and her comrades.

In 1969 and subsequently, why did the Six Counties not proceed to a Balkans-style conflict in which streets and neighbourhoods and townlands were swept clean and whole populations moved with great slaughter? All the ingredients were there, so why did it not happen?

Propagandists (including those in this thread) put it down to the benign role of the British forces who selflessly held the line between the local savages who sought only to destroy each other. This propaganda has a long pedigree, going back to the independence movement of 100 years ago, and indeed long before.

The independence movement unexpectedly met with some success and once it happened British policy-makers hoped it would be short-lived and unstable. (They were just Micks after all, at best good for cannon-fodder but not much else. "Under the right leadership your average Peddy is the best demned fighting man in the world." The Brexit saga showed that the imperial colonial mindset persists to this day.)

By staging armed rebellion against the British government in 1912, British loyalists in the Six Counties showed they would not accept British Dominion status for Ireland as a whole. By 1920 Britain had many options for governing the Six Counties. It calculatedly and deliberately selected the one form of government which was guaranteed to keep the Six Counties, and hence the rest of Ireland, in an unstable, dangerous and precarious condition.

The one thing it did not want in Ireland was stable self-government. Anyone who doubts this should please wake up and look around them. This carry on is second nature to hereditary rulers of the world.

So what did Britain do? It armed the UVF to the teeth and gave it the power of policing the streets, neighbourhoods and townlands of their traditional enemies. Astonishingly, the Catholics meekly put up with this for nearly half a century.

To be fair to them, they were unarmed and defenceless. Under attack, the 1969 ex-servicemen brought their military instincts and training to the situation. One of them --- not Irish, not Catholic --- once explained to me how worried they were about the hundreds of thousands of guns held by the inflamed and angry Six County loyalists. And that was just the legal weapons. In desperation their representatives appealed to the Irish government which, by tradition, claimed an interest in the Six Counties. They were dismissed, and the Irish government, with all its international political and diplomatic resources, spent much of the next quarter century or so contemplating their navels and striking hypocritical moralistic attitudes, while the northern Catholics such as Máiréad Farrell were forced to get on with the job of doing something for themselves, of doing something about the sovereign power which created, oversaw, and maintained this situation.

So why did the Balkans scenario not unfold? The British state interest required, not a Balkans-style collapse, but the instability of a THREAT of a Balkans-style collapse; which Britain was averting because of its indispensable and benign oversight; and which kept the now-independent Irish Republic at its beck and call. In other words, the updated version of its 1920 policy.

What else did Britain expect to gain by this strategy? Who knows. But anything can happen. You are Britain, and if you're not in the game you can't win. Ireland was and is Britain's backyard and, as Brexit recently demonstrated, Britain expects Ireland to FUNCTION as its backyard. For most of the last century the Irish state faithfully (if not knowingly) played its expected part. The British way is tenacious, long-term, determined and cunning.

The Provisionals disrupted the "Ulsterisation" strategy. Unlike previous Paddy-shenanigans, Máiréad Farrell and her comrades showed almost British-grade tenacity, foresight and determination. What a surprise THAT was!

So why ELSE did the Balkans scenario not unfold? In 1969-70 the ex-servicemen strategy would have required substantial political and diplomatic input from the Irish state. The failure of this brought on the Provisionals. One of the consequences of the failure was a vastly heightened threat of all-againt-all conflict: the Balkans scenario. Many individual young men of my acquaintance, who had previously knocked about together in relative peace, now armed themselves and set out to kill each other.

On the Catholic side, the entry of the Provisionals brought about the suppression of this proliferation of maverick groups and lone rangers. They were given the choice of either going home or joining the Provos. Such an instruction could not be lightly disregarded.

The Provos inherited a war situation. In war the most terrible things can be and will be done by all sides. But by pitching themselves primarily against the underlying cause of the trouble --- the British state and its long term strategy for Ireland --- Máiréad Farrell and her people averted the worst.

That is why I salute her.
Let's examine some of your statements:

"Propagandists (including those in this thread) put it down to the benign role of the British forces who selflessly held the line between the local savages who sought only to destroy each other. This propaganda has a long pedigree, going back to the independence movement of 100 years ago, and indeed long before"

I don't know about ancient history, but the security forces definitely put a damper on all paramilitary activity during the troubles. This is borne out by the very much larger number of security force personnel killed and injured when compared with the casualties endured by the various terror groups. Without army intervention (however imperfect) NI would indeed have been staring a Bosnia scenario in the face.

"It calculatedly and deliberately selected the one form of government which was guaranteed to keep the Six Counties, and hence the rest of Ireland, in an unstable, dangerous and precarious condition."

You must be joking! Why would The UK want part of it's territtory to be in an unstable condition?

"So what did Britain do? It armed the UVF to the teeth and gave it the power of policing the streets, neighbourhoods and townlands of their traditional enemies. Astonishingly, the Catholics meekly put up with this for nearly half a century."

In what way did The UK arm The UVF? I thought they bought their weapons in Germany. In fact, didn't a lot of The UVF stay in France?
 

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Only someone too young to remember the 1980s could write such utter romanticised b*ll*x

She was a brainwashed imbecile, a pathetic foot soldier, who not only paid for it with her own life, but in death she and her Gibraltar comrades triggered one of the most grotesque weeks of sectarian tit for tat slaughter (but you'd be too young to remember that too of course)

Certainly no ideal there for girls to try to live up to



It would appear that your "recollection" is somewhat selective with regard to " most grotesque weeks of sectarian tit for tat",

British forces kill 3 IRA members in Gibraltar
Loyalist attacks and kills 3 at funeral
2 British soldiers are killed after a perceived second attack on a funeral

how the f@ck do you construe that as tit for tat?
 

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"So what did Britain do? It armed the UVF to the teeth and gave it the power of policing the streets, neighbourhoods and townlands of their traditional enemies. Astonishingly, the Catholics meekly put up with this for nearly half a century."

In what way did The UK arm The UVF? I thought they bought their weapons in Germany. In fact, didn't a lot of The UVF stay in France?
Fred Crawford (founder and leader of the UVF) obtained the 1912 arms shipment from Germany with the support and blessing of the Ulster Unionist leadership and of the British Tory leadership. In accordance with Britain's 1920 Government of Ireland Act under Radical-former-Liberal Prime Minister Lloyd George, the former-rebel UVF/Unionist movement were officially recognised, established, and lavishly funded as the Government of the Six Counties responsible for paramilitary policing of the Six County Catholics. The effect of this criminal policy was completely predictable and not at all surprising. What is surprising is that the Catholics put up with it for nearly fifty years. So the British government had ample time to put things right. But that would be to assume that it acknowledged that what it did in 1920 was a crime. It did not/does not (and probably never will) acknowledge that. If and when a final resolution of the Six County situation is ever achieved, it will be despite British policy, not because of it. If and when a final resolution of the Six County situation is ever achieved, it will be largely due to the work of Máiréad Farrell and her comrades.
 

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Fred Crawford (founder and leader of the UVF) obtained the 1912 arms shipment from Germany with the support and blessing of the Ulster Unionist leadership and of the British Tory leadership. In accordance with Britain's 1920 Government of Ireland Act under Radical-former-Liberal Prime Minister Lloyd George, the former-rebel UVF/Unionist movement were officially recognised, established, and lavishly funded as the Government of the Six Counties responsible for paramilitary policing of the Six County Catholics. The effect of this criminal policy was completely predictable and not at all surprising. What is surprising is that the Catholics put up with it for nearly fifty years. So the British government had ample time to put things right. But that would be to assume that it acknowledged that what it did in 1920 was a crime. It did not/does not (and probably never will) acknowledge that. If and when a final resolution of the Six County situation is ever achieved, it will be despite British policy, not because of it. If and when a final resolution of the Six County situation is ever achieved, it will be largely due to the work of Máiréad Farrell and her comrades.
I'd say the British government was more negligent than anything else as regards the fifty years of Unionist rule in NI. If they'd kept an eye on the place I suspect the worst excesses of the troubles might have been avoided. The ROI also had some responsibility, clinging to Republican rhetoric and accepting RC church dominance rather than engaging with Unionism. Missed opportunities - but then isn't that what history is comprised of?

One final, ironic point, Unionists didn't want Stormont (initially) - I wonder how things might have turned out with Westminster rule from day one?
 

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I'd say the British government was more negligent than anything else as regards the fifty years of Unionist rule in NI. If they'd kept an eye on the place I suspect the worst excesses of the troubles might have been avoided. The ROI also had some responsibility, clinging to Republican rhetoric and accepting RC church dominance rather than engaging with Unionism. Missed opportunities - but then isn't that what history is comprised of?

One final, ironic point, Unionists didn't want Stormont (initially) - I wonder how things might have turned out with Westminster rule from day one?
You don't get it - you foreign occupiers never will.

Ireland unfree shall never be at peace!
 

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I'd say the British government was more negligent than anything else as regards the fifty years of Unionist rule in NI. If they'd kept an eye on the place I suspect the worst excesses of the troubles might have been avoided. The ROI also had some responsibility, clinging to Republican rhetoric and accepting RC church dominance rather than engaging with Unionism. Missed opportunities - but then isn't that what history is comprised of?

One final, ironic point, Unionists didn't want Stormont (initially) - I wonder how things might have turned out with Westminster rule from day one?

Like the vast majority of people in Britain, you simply do not have the first clue as to the British colonization in Ireland as your latest post above confirms.

Britain's colonisation, militarism, terrorism and war crimes over centuries in Ireland - and globally - is utterly shameful. Some British people recognise that but the majority of people in Britain actually believe that the British Empire's stealing of other people's countries and murdering people is a positive.

Britain's attempts to conquer Ireland have ultimately failed miserably - and Britain's partition of Ireland just to try to prolong Britain's colonial interests when creating a sectarian, dysfunctional Apartheid slum in the North has been an abject failure.

Try reading a book on the subject first.
 

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Like the vast majority of people in Britain, you simply do not have the first clue as to the British colonization in Ireland as your latest post above confirms.

Britain's colonisation, militarism, terrorism and war crimes over centuries in Ireland - and globally - is utterly shameful. Some British people recognise that but the majority of people in Britain actually believe that the British Empire's stealing of other people's countries and murdering people is a positive.

Britain's attempts to conquer Ireland have ultimately failed miserably - and Britain's partition of Ireland just to try to prolong Britain's colonial interests when creating a sectarian, dysfunctional Apartheid slum in the North has been an abject failure.

Try reading a book on the subject first.
Like the vast majority of the people of Eire, you simply do not have the first clue about the troubles in Ulster.
You should read a book, that's not SF trying to rewrite history.
 

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You don't get it - you foreign occupiers never will.

Ireland unfree shall never be at peace!
The likes of you yapping in a chat room isn't going to change anything.

No one cares what you have to say, you are an irrelevance.

Come on up to NI and spout your rhetoric on the streets. At least make an effort to do something.
 

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The likes of you yapping in a chat room isn't going to change anything.

No one cares what you have to say, you are an irrelevance.

Come on up to NI and spout your rhetoric on the streets. At least make an effort to do something.

But what he says is true - until partition ends there will never be any sense of normality, green and orange politics will continue as they have done along tribal lines with other issues always been on the sidelines
 

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Like the vast majority of the people of Eire, you simply do not have the first clue about the troubles in Ulster.
You should read a book, that's not SF trying to rewrite history.

That would include you then stater, read a book my ass - you get your material from google

Google unionist
 

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But what he says is true - until partition ends there will never be any sense of normality, green and orange politics will continue as they have done along tribal lines with other issues always been on the sidelines

What's eating him up is that he - along with the DUP/UDA - had hoped that Brexit would cement Partition but now it turns out that Brexit has drilled holes in the Border below the water-line.

He's not alone in his bile.
Ben Lowry - hardline Unionist mouthpiece in the "Newsletter" - at first could not contain his enthusiasm for Brexit when he was waxing lyrical after the Brexit referendum in Britain about how the Border in Ireland would be hardened on account of Brexit -> his bitterness has gone into over-drive now that the British Tory Party dumped on the DUP in public and put the Border between the North and Britain where it belongs - in the Irish Sea.

The DUP and Brexit have brought the re-unification of the country right up on to the Front Burner ('scuse the pun) - a place particularly close the the DUP's hearth.

Up there as one of the greatest political own-goals of all time.
 

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What's eating him up is that he - along with the DUP/UDA - had hoped that Brexit would cement Partition but now it turns out that Brexit has drilled holes in the Border below the water-line.

He's not alone in his bile.
Ben Lowry - hardline Unionist mouthpiece in the "Newsletter" - at first could not contain his enthusiasm for Brexit when he was waxing lyrical after the Brexit referendum in Britain about how the Border in Ireland would be hardened on account of Brexit -> his bitterness has gone into over-drive now that the British Tory Party dumped on the DUP in public and put the Border between the North and Britain where it belongs - in the Irish Sea.

The DUP and Brexit have brought the re-unification of the country right up on to the Front Burner ('scuse the pun) - a place particularly close the the DUP's hearth.

Up there as one of the greatest political own-goals of all time.
All the bar stool republicans in the World aren't getting a UI and that's is what you guys are.

The only people hat matter are the people in NI and they aren't giving up the Union.
 

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What's eating him up is that he - along with the DUP/UDA - had hoped that Brexit would cement Partition but now it turns out that Brexit has drilled holes in the Border below the water-line.

He's not alone in his bile.
Ben Lowry - hardline Unionist mouthpiece in the "Newsletter" - at first could not contain his enthusiasm for Brexit when he was waxing lyrical after the Brexit referendum in Britain about how the Border in Ireland would be hardened on account of Brexit -> his bitterness has gone into over-drive now that the British Tory Party dumped on the DUP in public and put the Border between the North and Britain where it belongs - in the Irish Sea.

The DUP and Brexit have brought the re-unification of the country right up on to the Front Burner ('scuse the pun) - a place particularly close the the DUP's hearth.

Up there as one of the greatest political own-goals of all time.

They can't help themselves, they are not happy with just the union they need to be constantly seen to have the upper hand.
The nationalist community are by nature a peaceful bunch which would be quite happy with the status quo if they were only treated as equals. The relative success of GFA had shown that over the last 20 years - but the unionists seen an opportunity to thrash that with Brexit, they thrive on hate and division.
 


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