So Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, a democratically elected local government councillor and the new mayor of the city of Belfast, visits part of his city for an official function and is attacked by a crowd of fundamentalist die-hards from the extreme edge of the British Unionist community in the north-east of the country. He is physically and verbally assaulted, along with the phalanx of paramilitary police officers protecting his person, by a baying mob of Unionist separatists many holding signs anglicising the spelling of his name or ridiculing his spoken language. As one might expect, not just British ethno-fascists but British ethno-racists too.
An incident of political thuggery worthy of condemnation you might think? Not in the topsy-turvy, inside-out, black-is-white, double-think world of British Unionist politics in Ireland. Instead the political leaders of the Unionist population of our second city line up to excuse the trouble and place the blame firmly on the shoulders of the Lord Mayor of Belfast for daring to be, quite simply, Irish.
The “rights” of the British minority in Ireland: born through violence and maintained through violence.