I originate from NI and am a DUP voter. My choices are quite limited in the coming General Election, Alliance(bit like the Lib Dems), DUP(traditional views on social issues, strong on the Union) Sinn Fein(political wing of IRA) or greens(strong on environmental issues but not much else) as well as lots of smaller parties which are weird and wonderful but have no chance of getting elected.Whatever the DUP say or do it is clear they have a good level of support from the NI electorate. A return of 10 MPs to parliament bears testament to that. I'm sure there are those in the military from NI who support them and equally many who don't but that is the same for most political parties.
Its all a bit surreal. A group of bigoted god bothering creationist loons held the balance of power in the UK. Wouldn't have believed it in this day and age. All part of the rich tapestry I suppose...NI politics is not my specialist subject, but I do think the "confidence and supply" arrangement with the Tories is bribery and basically makes a few NI radicals the kingmakers in Parliament. Without them, the Tories would have no majority. So I think they're clever and astute snakes, who wield far too much power.
Well when Brexit is "delivered" (despite the fraud and Russian interference) the Scots will quite rightly demand, and get, an second Indy Ref, and leave the UK. Northern Ireland will realise that they have it better than the UK (being still sort-of part of the EU) and eventually form a sort of separate entity with Eire. All because of a few (as you rightly say) God-bothering loons influencing the fate of the entire UK.Its all a bit surreal. A group of bigoted god bothering creationist loons held the balance of power in the UK. Wouldn't have believed it in this day and age. All part of the rich tapestry I suppose...
There may be a referendum but they (YesNP) will lose. Again. But that won't stop them asking for yet another one. Democracy only matters if it is your side that wins.Well when Brexit is "delivered" (despite the fraud and Russian interference) the Scots will quite rightly demand, and get, an second Indy Ref, and leave the UK.
I think Sinn Fein's standpoint was/is that the Republic had legalised both same sex marriage and abortion so to come out against it would have been counter productive to achieving the one nation state they desire.The NI situation is a consequence of polarisation and entrenched tribalism. I find it very illuminating that the reaction against same sex marriage and abortions recently was led by the DUP and Loyalist side, whereas the supposedly Catholic dominated Sinn Fein were in favour. Was this a case of my enemies enemy is my friend or were they actually quite liberal in their thinking? It's hard to tell but if I was asked who I would see as the one more in tune with modern Western society, it wouldn't be the one wearing red white and blue.