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I wonder as well how Scotland voting for independence would impact opinion as well.  And how does the increasingly English-nationalist turn in the UK affect folks in the more..."squishy" unionist cohort?

The DUP/TUV types will always be what they are -- and I worry that what we're seeing is the beginning of a possibly very nasty period in unionism as they see the writing on the wall -- but there's a very sizable group of unionists who don't seem to really identify with them.

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by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun Aug 7th, 2022 at 05:06:26 PM EST
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Scotland voting for independence would be huge as it would spell the end of the UK. With unionists of Scottish background (Presbyterian/Methodist) roughly equal in number with unionists of English background (Anglican) , which part of the current UK should unionism seek to remain part of?

Equally the growth of English nationalism is a huge problem for unionism as the English see them as Irish rather than British and most have no commitment to keeping NI within the UK and no awareness of what goes on in NI.  

That is why unionists are so desperate to emphasize their "Britishness" despite the fact that the UK is explicitly the united Kingdom of Britain and N. Ireland (formerly Ireland).

They are also painfully aware that the UK government uses them when it suits and betrays them without a moments thought. It was the UK government, after all, which agreed the Protocol.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Aug 7th, 2022 at 08:38:07 PM EST
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