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The Ballot-Box And Petrol-Bomb – Unionism In Action

Irish communities under British siege - the Short Strand, Belfast, Ireland 2013
Irish communities under British siege – the Short Strand, Belfast, Ireland 2013

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4 comments on “The Ballot-Box And Petrol-Bomb – Unionism In Action

  1. A Modest Proposal
    For Preventing the Loyalists
    in Ireland, from Being a Burden on Their Fellow Citizwns
    or Country, and for Making Them
    Beneficial to the Publick
    By J Swift

    It is a melancholly Object to those, who walk through this great Town of Belfast or travel in the Country, when they see the Streets, and the Roads crowded with Loyalists of male and female Sex, all in Flegs, and importuning every Passenger. These People instead of being able to work for their honest livelyhood, are forced to employ all their time in Strolling, to beg Support for their helpless Britishness. As they grow up they either turn to Drugs or Violence for want of work, or leave their dear native Country
    I think it is agreed by all Parties, that this prodigious number of People is in the present deplorable state of the Kingdom, a very great additional grievance; and therefore whoever could find out a fair, cheap and easy method of making these People sound and useful Members of the common-wealth would deserve so well of the publick, as to have his Statue set up for a preserver of the Nation.
    But my Intention is very far from being confined to provide only for the Flegspeople of Belfast. It is of a much greater extent, and shall take in the whole number of Flegspeople in Northern Ireland ,.
    As to my own part, having turned my thoughts for many Years, upon this important Subject, and maturely weighed the several Schemes of other Projectors I have always found them grossly mistaken in their computation. It is true a Flegsperson may be supported by the Social Services and continue in her lawful Occupation of Protesting peacefully. I propose to provide for them, in such a manner, as, instead of being a Charge upon their Community or the Parish or wanting Flegs as Raiment for the rest of their Lives, they shall, on the Contrary, contribute to the Feeding and partly to the Clothing of many Thousands.
    The number of Flegspeople in this Kingdom is usually reckoned as being potentially 900,000,: The question therefore is, How this number shall be provided for, which, as I have already said, under the present Situation of Affairs, is utterly impossible by all the methods hitherto proposed, for we can neither induce them to accept democratic decisions, nor contribute to the Common Good. I shall now therefore humbly propose my own thoughts, which I hope will not be lyable to the least Objection.
    I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a Flegs Amusement Park is most remunerative, exciting, and wholesome and exploits to the maximum a Unique Selling Point for Ulster. I do therefore humbly offer it to publick consideration, that the Flegspeople create a FlegsWorld for the persons of Quality and Tourists who can marvel at the raiment (which can also be merchandised), rejoice in the maximum possible number of Flegs on display, listen to a Flegsperson’s diatribe as they tuck into an Ulster Fry at a British Restaurant, thrill at the nightly petrol-bombing of the Short Strand ( rebuilt by Flegspersons every morning for the next performance), admire perfectly painted kerbstones (constantly maintained by Flegspeople), thrill at the re-enactment of Drumcree and attempts to walk down Garvaghy Road, are horrified by the twice daily Holy Cross Protest Show (using lifesize dolls instead of real children). Special weekend attractions will be 11th Night Bonfires on Friday evening, 12th Marches with Blood and Thunder Bands on Saturday. Tourists will gasp as they watch Flegspeople urinating on a Catholic church and dancing in circles to the Famine Song. Church Parades on Sunday will provide a fitting reflective close to a weekend of extraordinary extreme emotions. A hundred and twenty thousand Flegspeople, already computed, will be employed. Costs will be limited as Workfare will ensure participation, schools will not need to be improved as Flegspeople neither want nor need education, preferring to impose their will by force rather than civilized discussion and debate. A FlegsWorld will kill two birds with one stone: gainfully employ Flegspeople without making them change in any way their outlook or world view, hence implementing the current laissez-faire philosophy and allow the Markets to establish their Value as Contributors to Society in this Kingdom. I think the advantages by the Proposal which I have made are obvious and many, as well as of the highest importance.. I desire the Reader will observe, that I Calculate my Remedy for this one individual Kingdom of NORTHERN IRELAND, and for no other that ever was, is, or, I think, ever can be upon Earth. Therefore let no man talk to me of other expedients: 28 Of learning to Love our Country, wherein we differ even from LAPLANDERS, and the Inhabitants of TOPINAMBOO Of quitting our Animosities, and Factions, nor Act any longer as Murderers of one another Therefore I repeat, let no Man talk to me of these and the like Expedients, till he hath at least a Glimpse of Hope, that there will ever be some hearty and sincere attempt to put them into Practice.But as to my self, having been wearied out for many Years with offering vain, idle, visionary thoughts, and at length utterly despairing of Success, I fortunately fell upon this Proposal, which as it is wholly new, so it hath something Solid and Real, of no Expence and little Trouble, full in our own Power, and whereby we can incur no Danger in disobliging England. I Profess in the sincerity of my Heart that I have not the least personal Interest in endeavouring to promote this necessary Work having no other Motive than the publick Good of my Country, by advancing our Trade, providing for Infants, relieving the Poor, and giving some Pleasure to the Rich.


  2. Glad it raised a smile. Would Disneyland fear a competitor? Might!!
    Think of the reality show spin off possibilities –
    Watch the difficulties FlegsWorld adolescents have in normal working class families!Marvel at the resistance of Flegswomen in our Radical Makeover Show as they are advised by an expert in wearing Colours”
    Share the pain as Flegsmen enter a “neutral” environment! or even worse an “Irish ” environment!!


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