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Democracy Doesn’t Work – So Speaks Unionism

Local government regulations in the North of Ireland during the 1950s - when the British national flag flew for 15 days a year from government buildings not the present 17 days - let alone 365 days a year!
Local government regulations in the North of Ireland during the 1950s – when the British national flag flew for 15 days a year from government buildings not the present 17 days – let alone 365 days a year!

From the cheeky lads at “Loyalists Against Democracy” the image above details local government rules in “Northern Ireland” during the 1950s – when the British national flag flew for fifteen days a year from government buildings (not the present seventeen designated days).

Anti-democracy protesters from the British Unionist minority in Belfast, Ireland - "Democracy Doesn't Work"
Anti-democracy protesters from the British Unionist minority in Belfast, Ireland – “Democracy Doesn’t Work”

4 comments on “Democracy Doesn’t Work – So Speaks Unionism

  1. Democracy doesn’t work?
    That is consistent at least. The Northern state was founded on a basis of denial of democracy. It was run on the same basis for at least 50 years, It is hardly surprising that its supporters suddenly find the application of democratic rule a shock to the their collective system.

    • Indeed, it is fascinating to see some from the British Unionist minority, including political leaders, reverting to type as anti-democrats.

  2. It sadly doesnt surprise me to hear the ‘business leaders and traders’ in belfast direct most of their ire at the cllrs who decided to uphold democracy rather than at the thugs who wanted to usurp democracy. It can only be viewed as cowardly criticism or/and a hidden bigotry by these folk. The message has been sent out by the people who have the real power in this state that any act or law, however well intentioned it may be, that offers parity to the irish population in the north isnt simply worth the hassle. The state has sent a clear hint to any middle of the road people that you are on your own if you try to reach out to them fenians i.e the state wont protect you ; the state refuses to protect you. Theres a method in the madness of the likes of wiilie frazer etc thats why the state allows them to spew their hatred. When frazer was mocked for mistaken an italian flag for and irish one, most commentators failed to stop and ask, what if the flag had been an irish one? Would frazer have been justified in what he said if it had been an irish tricolour? The subliminal message sent to any principal of any school in the north was clear, dont even think of displaying/teaching anything irish to your students if you dont want to draw the attention of bigots i.e its not worth the hassle. I would caution these republicans who gloat over the union jack furore and urge them to ask one question: how is it possible{judging by census figures} for a huge number of catholics in the north not to declare their irishness? Has the state in the north played a blinder and successfully managed to condition,normalise,frighten,entice,confuse or even brainwash a lot of catholics into accepting the entity that is northren ireland? If the answer is yes then republicans have a lot of work to do and hallow victories over when a union jack can fly wont win the prize that is irish unification.

    • Some very good points there, a lot I agree with. And you are right. If a reunification referendum is to be held before 2020 (I favour 2019) then a lot of work needs to be done. Starting with the “greening” of the north-east of the country. We need true parity of esteem. And that means the Irish and British national flags flying side by side (having no flags at all is actually a victory for Unionism – Irishness must be accepted and be seen to be accepted). The task for Republicans is to help, aid, assist and encourage northern nationalists to “think Irish, act Irish, be Irish”. To undermine Britishness or partitionism from the inside-out. And the same must be done here to make the border irrelevant.

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