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The formal recognition of a role for ethno-religious communities in governance is fundamentally anti-democratic (insofar as democracy guarantees the expression of the individual conscience of citizens) and I can't think of a case where it has produced good results in practice.
The citizens of the republic of Ireland have covered an immense distance over the past couple of decades in repudiating formerly untouchable taboos. Let's hope their northern cousins can take the same path.
Practical question : Can the UK government actually prolong the self-government hiatus indefinitely? I thought they were obliged to call new elections?
It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue
- Queen Elizabeth II
Nowhere is Direct Rule mentioned in the GFA. Theoretically the Irish Government could take the UK government to court for failing to implement the GFA in full.
In practice, suspensions of the Executive (but not the Assembly) have been forced by SF as well.
The Irish elite are terrified of having to take on direct responsibility for governing the northern shitfest, and so are more than happy for the UK to institute direct rule - until such time as the UK government does something they don't like - e.g. ending prosecutions for murders committed by the security forces.
I find it utterly remarkable that the UK government has been prepared to take on all the costs and crap of governing the place for so long. Hoist on their own petard of imperial delusion.
The DUP got 20% of the vote last time out, and yet are allowed to hold everybody else to ransom. It has to end, and probably will in a big bang. Best not to be there with it all explodes...
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