As we approach the May 5th Assembly elections, all NI voters need to remember that British politics as such no longer exist.
DUP voters will be supporting an ultra-Evangelical agenda. Since the Union is always under threat as long as nationalist/republican parties exist, their worse fear is fear that a SF MLA might become First Minister.
Which would be unthinkable. Even after 95 odd years.
Even for other Unionist/Loyalist parties.
So much for democracy Unionist/Loyalist-style!
Martin Mc Guinness as Deputy First Minister.
Across the Irish Sea and the North Channel
Scotland is going its own way. The SNP has a majority in the scottish parliament.The Scots elected only 3 “British” MPs at the last General Election and they seem determined to drive the message home.
They’ve been arguing the pros and cons of casting two votes* for the SNP for months in the May 5th election to the Scottish Parliament. They have been campaigning steadily to ensure a clear SNP majority in the Scottish Parliament.They intend to do the same in the local council elections next year,
That’s a song for Scotland but there’s a pretty obvious message in there for non-Unionist voters, parties, groups, societies and so on in NI.
Whatever the outcome of the Stormont Assembly election this week,it comes after a lacklustre SF campaign, spats with the SDLP and potential vote splitting with left-wing parties in several areas
It’s time non-Unionists in NI set aside their differences to focus on the Ultimate Prize. If they aren’t interested in it, just let the electorate know!But that would mean bye-bye to the gravy train for so many!!
All the free Irish need to keep what’s best for Ireland in their sights. Like the Scots, they should decide to vote separately for other parties only once Ireland’s Re-United.
Query: So Socialism/Labour should take a back seat once again?
No. The Socialist strand is inextricable from Republicanism. Connolly and his men stood at the GPO. IRSP hungerstrikers fasted to the death. Left-wing republicans and nationalists will not be found wanting if there is a genuine push to achieve a Re-United Ireland.
Query: Are you talking about reviving the pan-nationalist front?
I’m talking about focussing on the one objective that the diverse non-Unionist/Loyalist groups and parties say they hold in common
I’m proposing they work together to achieve that objective.
If the reasons underlying the splits are more important and you want to hang on to your group power , you just have to
If other groups as considered beneath you, because they are not such “pure” republicans/nationalists, you just have to
Query: How can this idea be put into practice?
• concentrate on what unites, not what divides
• play to strengths, overcome (temporarily at least) the weakness of splits and exploit Unionist/Loyalist fallacies
• select the best candidates that are supported by all parties, whatever party they actually belong to.
• local primaries/caucauses may be the way to go in candidate selection. The Democratic Party (PD) does that in Italy. Anybody can vote for a candidate on the day if they pay 2 euros.The money helps cover costs.
• announce these candidates are supported by all parties, societies, movements etc
• have representatives from all parties, societies etc support the elected MLA in his/her work and anchor him/her within the constituency and its needs
• do the same for all council elections
• maximise political gains for the growing non-Unionist/Loyalist community in NI.
Recommendation: Hold these 2 thoughts:
1) the Civil Rights/Republican/nationalist movements achieved their greatest gains when they united people
2) Divide and conquer is a well-worn threadbare strategy. How long will people be taken in by it? And succumb to it?
Reflection: Maybe the outcome of the Brexit Referendum, rather than the forthcoming Stormont Assembly Election, will help focus attention on the ultimate prize!!Unless of course . . . . . .
*constituency and list votes