Sunday, 14 May 2017

N Ireland: succinctly label your constitutional politics position?

Imagine you’re standing outside a polling booth and have been invited to enter to answer this question: “What’s your political choice on the constitutional status of Northern Ireland”:

I opt for Northern Ireland to:

1) maintain its status quo of being a constituent part of the United Kingdom
2) be governed by the UK and RoI under a new centre-ground joint sovereignty agreement
3) become a nuetral independent sovereign country in its own right
4) reunite with the Republic of Ireland and as one united country rejoin the UK
5) unite with the RoI and form a new sovereign and independent country

Party Raison d'etre

A political party exists to promote a certain political ideology and it translates this into specific policies. Thereafter, it actively assists voters to make informed decisions and empower the party to implement its ideological values: this is the raison d'etre of each and every political party. Importantly, party candidates are not a collective of independents with personal manifestos. What they are selling you - or ought to be selling you - is the true ideological values of the party, not lone wolf personal choices. Consequently, never allow a candidate to hoodwink you or prevaricate on a particularly wishy-washy party policy stance.

Your Political Belief

The politically naïve party supporter taught the trite mantra 'I don't belong in a non-binary box' is now at a ballot box and hence now obliged to state their choice. The obfuscating party member has nowhere to hide. Now, the above full range of applicable options on the constitutional status of N Ireland is before them so they must now state their choice: they either opposed voting on the issue and thereby still passively accept the status quo, or they cast a vote to re-enforce or change the status quo.

Ideological Definitions

Now, let’s proceed to ascribe a succinct and unique political identity label to each of the above choices such as will help readily distinguish them during a political debate. Note, we aren’t herein seeking to denote a person’s national identity, cultural and/or religious choices but just their constitutional politics choice. This writer contends, how a citizen reacts to the above question might reasonably and logically translate into their ‘constitutional status’ identity label being depicted as follows:

a) British Colonialist – presently wants to keep the Irish nation divided and maintain the status quo of NI being governed by the English-dominated colonial Westminster parliament in England (a Naomi Long?)

b) N Irish Nationalist – wants to create a new independent sovereign NI country (a John McMichael?)

c) British-Irish Neutralist – promotes joint sovereignty over NI by the UK and RoI governments as the centre-ground way forward (not a Naomi Long?)

d) Irish Unionist – supports uniting the Irish nation within the UK Union (a Ruth Dudley-Edwards?)

e) Irish Nationalist – advocates a united Irish nation forming a new independent sovereign country (a George Galloway?)

The Party' Ideology

The DUP and UUP are unashamedly pro-UK British Unionists/Colonialists.

SF and SDLP are unashamedly pro-United Ireland Nationalists/Republicans.

The Alliance Party were formed as a pro-UK Unionist-lite liberal party. Like the Green Party, it professes to be 'neutral' and supposedly offers a 'middle ground' position on the constitutional status of N Ireland. However, in practice, despite their semantics, both of these parties share the very same constitutional status position as the DUP and UUP: all do not propose any change to the status quo of NI being a constituent part of the UK Union.

Disguised Sectarian Politicking

The pro-UK Unionist-lite Alliance in particular engage in thee most duplicitous sectarian politicking. In their quest to maintain Westminster's colonial rule, Alliance strive to demonise Irish republicans into silence, offensively accusing us of being supposedly ‘sectarian’ and ‘divisive’ when we invite Alliance and its fellow British Unionists to properly debate reuniting the Irish nation in Ireland.

If you want to glean the true constitutional politics of the supposedly ‘neutral’ Alliance and indeed the Green Party, test them on the above options and await their machiavellian squirming to evade giving you straight and coherent answers.

Honesty Creates Understanding

Finally, if we are ever to truly understand each others position and reconcile our differences,  we must escape the wishy-washy liberal speak and false accusations of trolling. We must begin to meaningfully engage in stating, defining, and then understanding and reconciling our differences. A  serious impediment to truly overcoming this fundamental obstacle is the dishonest ‘neutral’ and ‘sectarian’ shenanigans intended to deceive us.

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I published the original version of this blog post on Jude Collins website on 30th April 2017

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