To her many critics, this afternoon’s statement by Arlene Foster provided further proof of her failings as a political leader, with the boss of the hard-right Democratic Unionist Party continuing to promote the ethno-sectarian politics of her predecessors, notably the group’s founder, the rabble-rousing Ian Paisley. As the Fermanagh MLA dismissed any notion of introducing genuine legal equality between the Irish and English languages in the disputed Six Counties, Foster made explicit the colonial nature of the United Kingdom’s “putrid little statelet” on the island of Ireland.
From the BBC:
On Tuesday, the DUP leader said there would be no compulsory Irish language in schools, no one would be forced to learn Irish, there would be no quotas for Irish speakers in the civil service and there would be no bilingual road signs.
The DUP leader said her test for any proposal is whether it impinges on the rights of those who are British or in any way weakens the union.
Her message was reinforced by a standard letter issued to DUP elected representatives to use if they receive any criticism.
[This says] …that the DUP “won’t sign up to any deal that diminishes Northern Ireland as a part of the United Kingdom”.
In other words, the political and constitutional anachronism in the north-east of the country must remain a British and English-speaking colony for a British and English-speaking people. Like victorious Brennus before the defeated senators of Rome, the militant pro-union party has only one philosophy in relation to the indigenous language and culture of Ireland: Vae victis “Woe to to the conquered!”. And like the duplicitous representatives of the contemporary far-right and alt-right in the United States and Europe, they will turn and twist any argument and discussion on its head, to portray the victimizer as the victim, the discriminator as the discriminated.