It seems you wish to emphasise the worst aspects. Yes sectarianism exists but its a two way process. A Dublin Prod I know, his mum is from rural Ulster. He says his Unionist aunt, who he regularly spend 1990s summers with, despised the local Catholics but strangely loved the Southerners. To wind up his Aunt he got to know the local Catholics, dated a girl form the 'other side' and back down in SE Dublin City became a SF supporter.The poster made a claim that east Tyrone was some kind of nonsectarian utopia, the facts are totally different.Where is the "whataboutery" in pointing that out?
Billy Hutchinson was once regarded as being too ideologically republican (i.e. anti-monarchist) for the PUP from within that group.I looked up Sylvia Hermon on Wiki and almost spat out my coffee when I read this!
"Within the UUP Hermon was regarded as being on the more liberal and social democratic wing of the party along with Ken Maginnis."
You could ask that question but hopefully you're already aware of why the north of Ireland was somewhat different to Scotland - gerrymandering, b- specials , special powers act and state murder etc...I could counter that argument by asking despite sectarianism and religious discrimination, (and indeed the class divide) in Scotland, how had the leader of Scottish nationalism managed to get an independence referendum and a majority government without a military campaign, yet Sinn Féins which still has active political members needing to venerate the IRA, are 25 seats from majority, Irish nationalism even if you do count Anna Lo who didn't need to stand on a nationalist ticket is still 10 out of the 108 seats away, A net gain of one seat at the last election in the North is slow progress.
Do these TDs and Senators know how they and their state came into being ?I know several FG TDs and Senators who call themselves Republicans - just not the shooting, bombing, murdering kind.
And there's the problem you see- SF/IRA have tarnished the term "republican". Thats a fact - so don't whinge when it is sometimes used as a derogotory term.
Mary Lou McDonald seems to think that an ideological opposition to murder was some kind of unheralded new dawn in Irish society.
Remember her "Murder is Wrong" revelation on Q&A a few months back.
I suppose when you claim to draw on that form of Republicanism that has murdered 1,900 people; exalt the murderes as heroes; and go to visit these murderers in prison - maybe it is some kind of revalation...........
When the likes of Ken Maginnis are described as liberal, its time to just throw the towel in!Billy Hutchinson was once regarded as being too ideologically republican (i.e. anti-monarchist) for the PUP from within that group. I kid you not.I'll give Ken and his fellow UUP lords some credit, they probably lean more christian democrat than social democrat but they did stand up for the civil liberties of NASA hacker Gary McKinnon to avoid extradition to the US, (when his drug induced impulsive paranoid cyber-vandalism was going to be treated as cyber-terrorism on par with actual terrorism) and far too many so called social democrats in the Labour party ran away or defended extradition.