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This is more or less the view from the UK. As you and he agree, the electoral beneficiary of all this will be the Alliance party. As the hardline loyalists retreat to their redoubts, they look less and less like a part of the solution for a 21st century Ireland, and the electorate know it.
Unionism is revealed as Ieland's Confedaracy. Without the ability to maintain its catholic population in servitude it has no real meaning, so it fall on the symbols of its Lost Cause; loyalty to Britain and Empire. And just as with the Confederacy, you can cling to its hatreds but, in the end, all you can hope for is a veto on progress. And that veto was lost when the Westminster DUP over-reached and threw out Theresa May.
Yes, loyalist gangs will cause trouble, if only as a recruiting tool by attracting ne'er do wells. But these gangs are themselves complicit in alliances with catholic gangs, the drugs trade considers sectarianism infficient. And the connection will wither.
Loyalism has nowhere to go to stay pure except into the Irish Sea.Within a decade they won't matter electorally, at which point they'll just be a bunch of marching bands
keep to the Fen Causeway
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