I am of course grateful to Mick Fealty of Slugger O’Toole for drawing attention to this blog a few days ago. irritated surprised or not at all surprised that he quoted part of bathe blog”A Bad Marching Season Is A Good One”and asked the pointed question “Do All Nationalists Think Whats Good For Us isBad For Them” or whatever.
A few points. First off why ask that question only of nationalists? Well…perhaps to answer my own question, I should emphasise that this was on Slugger O’Toole. And is that so surprising? After all what is good for the Conservative Party isBad for the Labour Party. What is good for American Democrats is bad for Republicans. What is good for Fine Gael is bad for Fianna Fail. It’s science rocket science.
Of course I was blogging about marching seasons. That a “bad” marching season is in fact a good one…for nationalists. Surely in light of Drumcree….this is self evidently the case. The net result of three years of chaos mainly in Portadown was a diminished Orange Order and no Orange Parade ever setting foot on Garvaghy Road again.
In the jargon of Norn Iron, this is called zero sum politics. For some peculiar reason, it is thought to be a bad thing.
We have a Conflict…which has ended without a winner or loser. The Conflict has ended without being “resolved”. No bombings, no shootings….but can we be shocked that the Conflict continues thru Politics.
Is there actually a MATHEMATICAL alternative to Zero Sum politics?
Well there is Splitting the Difference….the arbitrary middle ground between two positions. Is it really morally superior to refuse to look at an issue critically…just go for the middle ground.?
And is the favoured MATHEMATICAL solution of Conflict Resolutionistfind finding the lowest common denominator…on issues such as Flegs so much better?