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

Any political party that doesn't offer you a chance to support at least one of the above full range of constitutional options is not 'neutral' nor a 'middle-ground' party but rather a party intent on duping politically naïve citizens.

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 in the world. Importantly, party candidates and elected representatives are not a collective of independents with personal manifestos and are given a platform on cross-party political debates to promote a party policy. What they are selling you - or ought to be selling you - is the ideological values and ethos of the party, not lone wolf personal opinions. Consequently, never allow a party representative to hoodwink you or prevaricate on a particular party policy stance or lack thereof.

Personal Political Beliefs

Imagine, the politically unenlightened party supporter taught the trite mantra 'I don't belong in a binary choice box' is now at a ballot box and hence now obliged to opt for one of the above personal choices. Similarly, during the run-up to the actual referendum vote, the usually obfuscating party leader or official spokesperson is invited to public referendum debates among all the other main parties on the basis the party will promote a relevant referendum party policy position. However, if that leader or official spokesperson maintains the party's stated 'neutral' position then, undeniably, the debate organiser would be misleading the public by facilitating a mere private citizen to masquerade in public debates as if they were present in the capacity of a political party leader or official party spokesperson?

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 (DUP, UUP, TUV, PUP, Alliance and Greens?)

b) Northern Irish Separatist – 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 Alliance or Green parties?)

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. They offensively accuse 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, and this is despite the party and their fellow British Unionists agreed in the GFA it was 'legitimate' for us to pursue this objective?

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 values and opinions, we must escape the wishy-washy liberal speak and demonising false accusations of supposed trolling etc, as dished-out by the leader of the pro-UK Union Alliance party. Instead, we must begin to meaningfully engage in stating, defining, and then understanding and maybe reconciling our differences. A serious impediment to truly overcoming this fundamental obstacle is the dishonest ‘neutral’ and ‘sectarian’ shenanigans intended to deceive those who are either not politically savvy or just apolitical.


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

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