One of the most noticable things about the period of the Loyalist rioting in Belfast has been the relative silence of Unionist politicians. Brian Feeney, though he glosses over important changes in the DUP in recent years, reckons that unionism has for too long been dominated with negative conspiracy theories. I’d add the obvious caveat: “Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you”!
The conspiracy takes various forms. Last week it took the shape of the chief constable, the Parades Commission, Peter Hain, the PSNI – individually and collectively – and of course ‘the meedja’.
They were all agin the unionist people. Somehow they all knew to act in concert at the same time. That’s the power of dark forces you see. At all times in the decades-long conspiracy, unionists are up against tremendous odds, a necessary but not a sufficient requirement of conspiracy theorists.
The NIO is agin unionists because it gives more money to Catholics. Protestants are worse off and are being discriminated against in jobs and investment.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty