We live in a decade which Conflict Resolutionists and LetsGetAlongerists aided and abetted by Historians have mapped out for us. It is The Decade of Centenaries, a series of events to show how much nationalists and unionists have in common and we can all live together in social engineered happiness.
Fortunately it is not working out very well. Norn Iron Football is often hawked by LetsGetAlongerists as one of the great unifying factors in our Society. This is of course complete nonsense.
Cliftonville FC in North Belfast has just won the Norn Iron Championship. Thru absolutely no fault of their own, in the last few decades, the club has been adopted by the city’s nationalist tribe. For much longer Linfield FC has been the team of choice of the loyalist tribe.League games are poorly attended. The quality is awful. But maybe at most 1,500 people (pathetic) attend games. It would be much less off it was actually about FOOTBALL but it’s about Tribalism and an excuse to hurl abuse at other tribes. The myth of “togetherness” was well and truly exploded when Cliftonville supporters were seen to be involved in the carrying of a coffin draped in black and with a witch’s hat…a reference to Margaret Thatcher…and at Saturdays match against Linfield (Cliftonville clinched the title) obscene chants were exchanged. Welcome to Norn Iron.
Meanwhile the Unholy Trinity of LetsGetAlongerists, Conflict Resolutionists and “Historians” are working out how we should commemorate the Battle of the Somme. It will be one off those “days for everyone”. Those Ulster Division guys of the Ulster Volunteer Force belong to us all. Complete and utter crap of course. This year marks the centenary of the foundation of the Ulster Volunteer Force, set up as a paramilitary force to oppose Irish Home Rule but made”respec table” by fighting for Britain in the First World War. The paramilitary UVF was re-formed in 1966 and the first killings of the modern Troubles (John Scullion and Peter Ward) were committed by them that same year.
So in East Belfast this past weekend flags inscribed “UVF 1913” and featuring three unionist leaders of the time have appeared….along the route of a march to celebrate the event. The march will take place next weekend and the organisers claim that there is no linkage to the modern UVF. Most people will not accept that claim. Welcome to Norn Iron.
Yes ….Welcome to the REAL NORN IRON. Not the Norn Iron of Our Rory, Titanic, MTV Award Shows.
The Unholy Trinity have thankfully lost control of the agenda. They might well claim that their plans have been hijacked by tribal extremists. In fact a more honest observation is that the tribal extremes are holding on to their own History and resisting the hijack attempts by LetsGetAlongerists.