“The unionist problem”

Knowing one’s enemy can be an astute decision in politics, and it never fails to amaze me the extent to which Nationalists remain ignorant of Unionists and how they think. The discussion boards at politics.ie can be an amusing place to browse for ignorance, none better than this:

The Unionist problem, a just and fair solution?

My solution is as follows;

Unionists who wish to be ruled by the union should be voluntary encouraged to immigrate to that state.

It must be rather a burden on de Valera’s mythical Irish nation to be lumbered with such a problem as Unionists, but at least this guy has what he thinks is a reasonable solution. Maybe I’ll write a piece asking Nationalists very nicely to move south if they’re that desperate not to be under British sovereignty. But then again, I’m forgetting, its Unionists who are the problem.

1335 update – as it transpires this was intended to be an ironic response to this thread. I will also add my comment on this thread of 1246:

I only dip into politics.ie every now and again, and never contribute, and it was the fact that this appeared to be the most blatant example of an ignorance to Unionists (rather than the first instance) that prompted me to cover it.

  • dantheman

    Churchill is a good troll alright.

    OC two points. I agree that cafe-en-Wank should be tried for crimes against ireland. Bejaysus you’ll have to go to boston soon to get a decent irish pub!

    Relating to you economic policy you are absolutelty 100%. Nationalist politicians of all hues up here need to update their economic agendas and try and push their constituencies nearer that of the repbulics

  • rafa benitez

    A slow news day at Slugger huh? By the way Micheal, there is still something on your chin. It looks a bit like egg…

    (My security word for this is ‘together’. Ahhh! And all this talk of enemies. The security word generator has wisdom beyond our wildest dreams!)

  • Mainlander

    Occasional Commentator

    “Exactly. The problem is that not many in NI really understand economics properly, and wouldn’t really know how to have such a debate”

    What would realy impress me is if either SF or SDLP got hold of one of the big audit companies and told them to deliver an *independent* (important that!), objective report on the economic consequences of a United Ireland arriving tomorrow.

    AFAIK to date, they’ve never commissioned such a report.

    If they’re frightened of doing this, they shouldn’t be; if their case is as strong as they say it is then such a report would merely confirm what they’ve been telling us all along. If the report, however, delivered unpalatable facts, then at least they know what needs remedied before they could sell such a package to the neutrals.

    As it stands at the minute ,it looks like they’re running chicken and to keep coming up with their own home-grown analysis to prove their point is worse than useless.

  • Southern Observer

    [i]Picking out an isolated quote from a commenter to promote a view that another site is ‘an amusing place to browse for ignorance’ is a highly dubious tactic.[/i]
    Agreed.I think Michael is being mischievously cynical and incendiary here to the extent that it should be drawn to the boss’s attention.This is a maverick post in a relatively civilised forum and I would make an educated guess that the poster is a *Northern* nationalist.
    My God take a look at the BBC message board which is saturated on a daily basis with anti-ROI bile.On the sectarian vitriol stakes it outdoes politics.ie hundreds of times over -and that’s even before you factor in posts that the moderators get around to zapping.
    Then it is an unfortunate pattern of the northern saga for polar thinkers to reinforce each others prejudice – an ironic interdependancy.

  • Southern Observer

    Have just spotted that the posting in question (in
    politics.ie) was actually a well-worked satirical riposte to some uber-loyalist.This puts us all offside a bit.Nevertheless most of the points I made above are still valid.BTW Mr Vance with ‘quisling MacKay’ and ‘heil Harry’ you are giving the Godwin’s lawyers a field day.

  • Pete Brown

    This is a maverick post in a relatively civilised forum and I would make an educated guess that the poster is a *Northern* nationalist.
    Southern Observer

    err not that educated a guess then Einstein?