the great appear great because we are on our knees!

I’m reblogging here an article by Joe Mc Veigh on Jude Collins website

“I wonder if they are capable of changing. I wonder if they are serious about building a future together with their neighbours as outlined in various legally binding Agreements”.

Like myself, Joe has his doubts –

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Unionist/Loyalist intransigence is very real

The second part of Joe’s article deals with convincing Unionists/Loyalists that they have everything to gain in a Re-United Ireland.
They may well have – but

They don’t want it under any circumstances

Convincing will have no effect.

Sinn Fein and the SDLP are also great at giving advice to Unionists/Loyalists

“the DUP should condemn 11th night bonfires, the UDA and the UVF

And so on and so forth

Advise and Suggest as much as you want –

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Suggestions, recommendations, pleas for rationality, friendly outreach,  have made , and will make, no or a minimal  impact on DUP/Unionist/Loyalist/Orange Order behaviour.

They will in fact just drive them into contrary behaviour patterns and further intransigence.


Time to stop, call a halt 

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We have already explained how the Unionists/Loyalists are a tiny minority within the UK 
They may appear to be a large majority in Northern Ireland but they are not.  

They’re an irrelevance to the bigger picture in three countries but their sectarian bigotry holds us all hostage – never more so than today as they support the May government at Westminster

As James Connolly said

Begging, pleading with Unionists/Loyalists/Orange Order to consider, accept, mitigate their attitude towards the Irish Nationalist/Republican  point of view has got us


When Unionists/Loyalists  treat Catholics/Nationalists/Republicans badly,

and do it again and again and again,

and Catholics/Nationalists/Republicans keep waiting and hoping that they will change and treat us well,

or at least not harm us , then we are being abused.


Time for Irish men and women to ignore the Unionists/Loyalists/Orange Order

Time to press on regardless for what we want

If Unionists/Loyalists can fit in – fine

If they can’t – they’ll have to learn to

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The 11th Night, Belfast, 2017

I hadn’t planned to write anything more about the 11th July night in Northern Ireland.
I’ve written so many posts about it. You can search through the archives and read them all, if you wish.
It’s the same old, same old sectarian hate-fest that’s been going on for years and years and years – an exodus of ordinary decent people from the North of Ireland (unless they live in some upper-class secluded area where they neither see nor hear no evil) , lawless bonfire collectors and builders, danger and damage to houses, a set-piece of  hate crime

The police, whether

the now defunct RUC or the

PSNI, stand back, watch and mouth platitudes about “not being able to do anything”

Comment: This is your day job, mates.

You get your salary for combatting hate crime.

When are you going to start earning your keep?


Unionists/Loyalists say “it’s our culture. It’s just a fun-day/evening/night out for the childer” as they burn the flags of the Republic of Ireland, Poland, and anywhere else that’s the object of their irrational hatred this year.

They burn pictures and effigies of Sinn Fein and SDLP politicians, Republican hunger-strikers, emblems of the Catholic religion.

They  would probably burn a Catholic too if they could get their hands on one!

A loyalist bonfire at Bloomfield Walkway in Belfast
They endanger their own houses and hospitals.

An Orange bandsman plays his flute during the 11th night bonfire at the Belfast New Mossley housing estate in 2015

An Orange bandsman plays his flute during the 11th night bonfire at the Belfast New Mossley housing estate in 2015 CREDIT: CHARLES MCQUILLAN

Yet the Orange Order washes its hands of the “Bonfire Culture”
Nothing to do with us” it says “We don’t organise any bonfires

Query: Who do you think you’re fooling?

This year the DUP’s narrow vision will be on parade with the whole UK watching.

Remember: One-third of  DUP  members  belong to the Orange Order.

Over half of DUP elected officials are members of the Orange order,

A  majority of the 10 MPs  currently propping up the Conservatives are members of the Orange Order.

Tonight Orangeism/Loyalism has truly plunged to the depths of its anti-Catholic, anti-Irish prejudice.

No doubt it was emboldened by the DUP hold over Mrs May and the Tory administration in Westminster.
A bonfire on Clonduff Road, East Belfast has strung up a black coffin with a picture of the late Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, Mr Martin Mc Guinness

An effigy of former Sinn Fein Martin McGuinness bonfire on Clonduff Road in east Belfast, ahead of the key date in the protestant loyal order marching season – the Twelfth of July. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 11, 2017. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

You may remember Mr Mc Guinness died of a serious illness earlier this year.

Mr Clinton, former President of the USA spoke at his funeral which was attended by statesmen from all over the world.

And hundreds and hundreds of ordinary decent Irish people.

These are the hundreds, if not thousands, of people the Unionists/Loyalists have now offended profoundly.

Mr Mc Guinness spent the last 20 years of his life trying to reach out to DUP leaders as representatives of NI Unionists and bigots, the Orange Order and Loyalist paramilitary organizations..

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He got nowhere – as he himself admitted in the end.
Unionist and Loyalist MLAs wouldn’t even say “Good morning” if they met him in the lift or along one of Stormont’s interminable corridors.
Rumours (which may or may not be true) are that the man behind this bullying policy of “sending Sinn Feiners to Coventry” was allegedly no other than our very own North Belfast MP, Privy Councillor, Arch Orangeman, Doddsy himself!

Nigel Dodds, MP, deputy leader of the DUP, PM Theresa May’s right-hand man!

Comments:  1) There is something very very sick in these people.

This behaviour is beyond abnormal .

It’s pathological! It’s the product of a diseased mind.

A diseased mind that was fostered by the UK and  is now part of  the UK government  

2)  Some non-Unionists in Northern Ireland  said:

this was to be expected

it’s not even surprising

I was surprised there weren’t more, to be honest”

Queries: How do you feel now, PM Theresa May?

You  bribed a bigotted sectarian party any decent person would be ashamed of – just to keep you in power?

Is this what England wants?

Is this what Wales and Scotland want?
Because you need to know – this is what NI has had for over 100 years
Her Majesty’s Roman Catholic subjects in Northern Ireland have faced unrelenting violence, bigotry and sectarianism for over a century, supported by all Westminster governments.

Orange and British culture in NI now amounts to gigantic hate bonfires and their stolen pallets, confrontational “religious” marches, the RHI,  “dark money” and other financial scandals, Loyalist paramilitaries, an anti- women and  anti-LGBT rights agenda, ingrained   prejudice against Irish people and anti-Catholic sectarianism.

And then

Irish Catholics and non-Unionists feel alienated from the UK?

And you wonder why some would do anything to escape your grasp?

Even hunger-strike to their deaths?

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Pics and Refs

An effigy of former Sinn Fein Martin McGuinness bonfire on Clonduff Road in east Belfast, ahead of the key date in the protestant loyal order marching season – the Twelfth of July. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 11, 2017. See PA story ULSTER Twelfth. Photo credit should read: PA Wire


You YES yet? From Unionism to Independence

Saturday night – Film Night

This series of short video testimonials  started to appear a little while ago
Many different  people, in various jobs and of diverse political persuasions, bear witness as they wrestle with their consciences and move from Supporting Unionism to Supporting Scottish Independence.

Any chance of the same thing happening in Northern Ireland?

Are any Unionists moving through voting Remain in the EU to supporting a Re-United Ireland?

Are they willing to say so online?

Or does the  cry of 

still ring loud and clear to intimidate?

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Enjoy as  old and new  Scots  debate the issues individually and freely  with no thoughts of any “Lundy”!

Maybe somewhere among them you can recognize someone like yourself.

And ask yourself

If s/he can do it, why can’t I?”

“Why don’t I?”




















True Story: Heart–to-heart with Miss GFA Northern Ireland

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A break-up coming? Will she give him his walking papers? Show him the door?

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“C’mon and sit down here, beside me pet,

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Miss Unionist GFA Northern Ireland

Miss GFA Ulster
We need to have a word. It’s about this upcoming election of yours”.

“I know you’ve already got


your frock for the big Results night.
But I hope you’re not thinking of bringing

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Lyal Arders as your Significant Other, are you?”

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Your relationship with Lyal Arders just isn’t working.

Personally I don’t know what you ever saw in him. I know he’s your brother,

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Irish  Jack Bull’s  best friend – they’ve been very close for a long, long time, well before you were even born
But that’s no reason for you to keep on with him.

Just look at the way he dresses.

He’s far too old for you with his old-time 1690 mentality and morality
You can’t even manage to pass your driving test because you’re constantly looking over your shoulder at him

He has his obsessions.


You can’t do anything about them love, can you?

You’ll not stop him marching around, forcing his way into places where’s he’s not wanted, will you?

He’s beyond your help – over 4,000 marches a year I heard at the last count.

That works out at over 10 times a day. If that’s not obsessive behaviour I don’t know what is.

See a psychiatrist, he should.

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He’s a big bruiser and he doesn’t care about you.

He’s always piggy-backing on to your Unionist parties, taking over your Assembly on the sly, promoting his own agenda. You’ve no idea who your real friends are because you don’t know if people support him or you
You’re not clever enough to sort them Taigs  out ” he says.

He’s more trouble than he’s worth, pet.


I know you’ve got a joint credit card because things were getting tight, austerity wasn’t it? Yet the word’s out he’s busy helping  to squander your money on some bird-brained heating scheme called Cash for Ash

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Lyal Arders and his mates voted for BREXIT!  didn’t they?

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when you  want to stay in Europe. You want to keep adding EU funds into your bank account.And why wouldn’t you?
They want to squander your money on Nukes, Palaces, Heating Schemes, Aircraft carriers, Trains to nowhere, New airports .

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All the while you’re running about skint. No money for the dentists or the doctors. Hardly enough for your hairdresser and make-up. The road’s  that bad outside your house,  anyone would be afraid to step out let alone drive along it!

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It’s not good enough, love

He’s now running about with the vicar’s daughter, that geography teacher


who wangled her way into that top level managerial position. She’s fallen out with all your neighbours and is busy flirting with some fat,  tanned businessman from the golf club. But Lyal Arders doesn’t care – Oh no, he thinks he’s so important to  both of them. He’s got fingers in pies in Scotland

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where the golf man’s family comes from.

I’m telling you,love, he’s past it, he’s bad for you.

Lyal Arders won’t change.

I know you gave Lyal Arders one more chance back in 2013 when that lovely American counsellor Mr Haas was around trying to help you. I even showed you a letter about Lyal Arders

but you paid no attention.

Lyal Arders has drained your confidence

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Your Unionist supporters can hardly stand on their own two feet without him. He keeps telling them they can’t cope without him.

It’s time to dump him, petal. Say goodbye to


Orangemen and their  Lyal Arders

The stress is killing you.

Look at the weight of voters you’ve lost.
Have a word with him and get it sorted.

Tell Lyall Arders to form his own party, write his own manifesto, propose candidates and canvass voters to elect him.
That’s what people do in democratic societies, isn’t it?
Let him stand under his own colours and then you’ll see how many people really support him

And you’ll see the type of person you can be without him constantly dragging you back into  re-living his fantasy of

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Comments and Queries:

A gigantic Conflict of Interest is no longer acceptable in Northern Ireland.

It derives from Loyal Orders piggy-backing into power on Unionist parties .
Unionist voters do not know what they are voting for – party policy or Loyal Order policy?
Or are the two inextricably linked, never to be separated out, for as long as Stormont exists?

Will breaking the connection between the Loyal Orders and Unionist parties be one of Sinn Fein’s demands in the up-coming post-election negotiations? Shouldn’t it be?

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Why don’t Unionist parties  promote only the political reasons for supporting the Union, only candidates who are not members of Loyal Orders and canvass for votes accordingly?


If the Loyal Orders want to exert political power, let them form their own party and stand their candidates under their own colours! They would have 2 things to offer their voters: support for the Union + their own particular anti-Catholic views and sectarian way of life.

Let’s all see if that’s still a winning  combination!

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And whether the Orange State  will live on!!

Because it does live on at this present moment in time,

hiding in full sight as it’s nested within Unionist parties.