The UK: Clean Sweep for Boris?

By Gwynne Dyer, in News, Opinion, UK · 12-04-2021 18:00:00 · 7 Comments

Twenty-three years of peace in Northern Ireland, after a sectarian war that lasted thirty years and killed 3,700 people, but nothing lasts forever. Every night for the past week there were violent mobs of youngsters in the streets of Belfast attacking each other, Protestant against Catholic. And it’s all Boris Johnson’s fault.

The British prime minister didn’t mention it at the time, but his successful campaign to free the United Kingdom from the evil clutches of the European Union (Brexit) was only Phase One of his master plan. Phase Two is his plan to free England from the evil clutches of the United Kingdom.

A narrow majority of the English voted to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum, but both Scotland and Northern Ireland voted strongly to remain. That gave Phase Two a head start, because Johnson and the Brexiters were effectively forcing both Northern Ireland and Scotland to choose between England and Europe. In both countries the answer may be ‘Europe’.

For Scotland, it’s a simple choice. As a nation of five million with no major historical traumas or enemies, the Scots would probably be welcome to rejoin the EU. If the Scottish National Party wins a majority in Scotland’s May election, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon promises to hold a second independence referendum ‘in the first half of the next (Scottish) parliament’.

Scotland’s last independence referendum, in 2014, came out 55-45 in favour of staying in the UK, but’s hard to say how a second one would play. Many Scots deeply resent being dragged out of the EU by the English – but many would also be unhappy about a hard border with England. Whatever happens, it would be an entirely peaceful process.

Not so for Northern Ireland.

‘Norn Iron’, as the locals say it, was created exactly a century ago at the demand of the militant Protestant majority, while the rest of the island got its independence as the (mainly Catholic) Republic of Ireland. Northern Ireland has been a running sore ever since, with the Catholic minority in the North yearning always for reunion with the Republic.

The Irish Republican Army (IRA), the main vehicle for those yearnings, waged an armed struggle against the local Protestants and the British government for much of that time, but the last round of the ‘Troubles’ ended in 1998 with the Good Friday peace agreement. Unfortunately, Brexit and Johnson have undone that deal.

The Good Friday deal enforced power-sharing between Protestant and Catholic political parties in the North and the border became invisible, with no checks at the crossings. Catholics in the North could even claim citizenship in the Republic if they wished.

It worked because most people were sick of the endless murders, and because the deal removed some major irritants for the Catholics, including especially the ‘hard’ border – but above all because the higher Catholic birthrate would deliver a Catholic majority in the North eventually, at which time reunification could come by a peaceful vote.

Brexit upended all that. If the UK left the EU, then there had to be a hard border somewhere since the Republic wouldn’t dream of leaving.

Putting the new customs and immigration controls in the obvious place, between Northern Ireland and the Republic, would wreck the Good Friday agreement and probably start the IRA bombing and shooting again. So Johnson chose to sell out the Protestants instead, by putting the new border in the Irish Sea, between Britain and Northern Ireland.

That’s how he got a Brexit deal signed with the EU – but to postpone a revolt against that border by ‘Loyalists’ (Northern Irish Protestants), he simply lied and said it wouldn’t operate as a border. There would be no customs checks, no paperwork, nothing of that sort at all – and the poor mugs believed him. Now they have woken up to the truth.

For practical purposes Northern Ireland is still in the EU, with a customs border between it and the rest of the UK. The Loyalists feel abandoned – and this comes just as the Catholic population of Northern Ireland finally catches up with the Protestants.

So it’s the Loyalist militias who are re-starting the war in the streets now, attacking the Catholics in the hope of stopping a slide into the Republic. Quite a lot of people could die before it’s over, but the slide is probably now unstoppable. Johnson will certainly not die in a ditch to stop it.

Which leaves only Wales. It’s hard to imagine Wales leaving 750 years after the English conquered it, but Boris Johnson is a universal solvent. Plaid Cymru, the Welsh nationalist party, is promising an independence referendum by 2026 if it wins next month’s election. Clean sweep for Boris?



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Comments:

Boris JUST SAID that, he would rather have a pile of dead, than a lockdown

The world leaders,and the leaders of the world have DECIDED that 11000 people killed in a day for COVID,is an acceptable cost to pay,for the ECONOMY.

Actually, the REAL count is 30-35000 a day - but the world leaders are keeping a lid on it,as they control the data,do not want panic,and do not want to give a lever,to the political opposition and the media.

The FACT is that the death toll is JUST A STATISTIC - which no one REALLY CARES about.The death toll from other diseases, is much higher.The world is ONLY concerned about,the ECONOMICS.

Those who pretend to care - can do nothing,and those who do NOT care - know THAT NOTHING CAN BE DONE.

The 7 Billion people have to decide,if they can SACRIFICE THEIR FREEDOMS on an INTERMINABLE BASIS, to SAVE THE LIVES OF THOSE, WHO ARE LIKELY TO DIE !

The answer is - that in a few months,90% of the people will NOT sacrifice their freedoms - at ANY COST - let alone the LIVES OF THE MORBIDITIES AFFLICTED.

Look at India - with 3500 reported daily deaths - which no one believes ! The actual toll is 10000 - but NO ONE CARES.NO ONE ! And NO ONE can do anything ! The people are innured and NUMB.There is NO lockdown,and there will be NO lockdown.

Indians,Indian Tycoons and the Indian Political class,have DECIDED to kill off,10000 a day - to keep the economy running. 4 million dead in a year,out of 1.3 billion - really does NOT MAKE A IMPACT. Even if 40 million are killed in a year,in India - it will have no impact - UNLESS THE COUNTRY IS LOCKED DOWN

Even in the Lockdown - the concern is NOT the dead - but the economic and social impact of the lockdown.dindooohindoo

Boris has just CAPTURED that sentiment.

By samir sardana from Other on 07-05-2021 08:07

What a disgrace this article is
Why does the editor allow this sort of reporting
Shocking and doesn’t do your paper any favours

By Stu from UK on 13-04-2021 06:41

The title of your rag is Portugal News, this rant is neither and like most of the 'news' you print, irrelevant rubbish!

By Greg from Other on 13-04-2021 09:28

The crux of this woffle is the words (that Scotland has) < no major historical traumas or enemies>

The British (I met one and we kept in touch over the years) had wrongly assumed that every EU member state was solely focused on moving forward. That all states joining had 'Evolution' as their primary aim.
Developing their societies, judicial systems and economies upwards towards the 'best in class'. Then, working as a team, dealing with the rest of the world's major players.

No one warned the EU British about the malignant retards who still teach each generation about the alleged 'wrongs' of the British ancestors. As though it is today's British at fault and normal for us to be victimised.

One member state even singing for decades their official national anthem "Contra os Bretoes". Now that word Bretoes, like their Maghreb origins, lost to time. Salazar's historians re-working that countries official history; cherry picking what is to be learnt and what unlearnt even today.

By Sybil Wright from USA on 13-04-2021 07:44

This is an opinion piece, not news, and a very extreme and misleading opinion which is often backed by spurious facts, half-truths and over-exaggeration.

By Tim from Other on 13-04-2021 05:48

Very interesting considering that the EU is a failed project!!!!

By Joe from Other on 12-04-2021 09:24

Nice piece.
There was a song that made the top 10 last Christmas that summed up Johnson nicely for me.
He really is the most despicable character. I loath him.
He lied his way to a Brexit for which no-one can see a single positive.
Yet he remains popular with a favourable opinion with around half of voters.
He and his government make me angry, unhappy and sad yet I console myself around a simple fact:
That 50% or people are below average intelligence.
Average intelligence is nothing to shout about so it stands to reason that the +/- 50% that voted Brexit and the +/- 50% that approve of Johnson really must be as thick as s***!

By Ric from Algarve on 12-04-2021 09:08
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