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yes, bbut somehow the DUP, however unrepresentative, remain the dominant voice in Ulster. Nothing will change until fundamentalist puritan protestantism ceases to be a viable political force

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed May 23rd, 2018 at 05:23:54 PM EST
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The DUP only beat Sinn Fein by 1,000 votes across N. Ireland, in the last assembly elections. And Unionists do have choices. Presbyterians have traditionally voted DUP with Church of Ireland protestants more inclined to vote Official Unionist Party. DUP/Presbyterian voters have far closer ties to Scotland rather than England, so renewed agitation for Scottish Independence could be a game changer for them. The DUO could also lose the farming vote when the end of EU CAP subsidies hits home.

It's still some way off, but things are beginning to change, even in N. Ireland, and Brexit has been the major catalyst.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed May 23rd, 2018 at 09:11:47 PM EST
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Here is Sinn Fein's 'test' of the "silent majority" to which I meant to link (above). I privately noted this item in RTE last month, but presumed it a trivial event until its revival for Varadkar's immediate purposes and, tangentially, scathing remarks by Mr McGuirk about ahh influences from New Jersey.
Have you an opinion about the momentum of such tactics to "disintermediate" DUP's thrall cast over the "silent majority"?


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 25th, 2018 at 04:04:02 AM EST
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RTE seems bullish
Meanwhile, speaking in Belfast today, the British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his party will not support a Brexit deal that results in the re-imposition of a hard border on the island of Ireland.
note video clip

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 25th, 2018 at 05:31:58 AM EST
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Have you an opinion about the momentum of such tactics to "disintermediate" DUP's thrall cast over the "silent majority"?

I have not always been a supporter of Irish Government policies on the north, but there has been a consistent attempt to be as iinclusive as possible of Northern Unionist opinion in the Irish Senate and elsewhere.  This is not some short term "tactic" but a consistent and principled approach to maximising the participation of Northern and protestant voices in Irish politics insofar as they want to be included.

By definition, many hard line Unionists reject such overtures as undermining their Unionist principles. However many others have been willing to participate. The subtext of the Irish Minister for Industry and Commerce (a senior cabinet position) escorting the Belgium Prime Minister at the border is that she is an Ulster Protestant....

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri May 25th, 2018 at 02:27:23 PM EST
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