However, the very next day he posted another long blog entry entitled Accentuate the positive - Alex Kane, unionism and the principle of consent (Wednesday, 10 March 2010) in which he pointed out that:
“Unionism which is preoccupied only with sectional ‘Ulster protestant’ interests and is most grimly determined to deliver constant humiliation to, for instance, the Irish language or the GAA, will only create resentment.No argument there, of course. This blog has long considered Jim Allister an unwitting (should that be ‘witless’?) friend of nationalism.
It does nationalism’s work for it, by encouraging the notion that ‘Irish’ cultural preoccupations must be wedded to a nationalist political allegiance. The Union Flag becomes a symbol of cultural subjugation, rather than political reality.”
But for a UUP blogger to point out that when unionism sets out to insult and denigrate Irish culture and symbolism it does nationalism’s job for it is ironic, to say the least.
The UUP is, after all, the party that:
- Uses the British flag imposed on the shape of the six counties as its symbol
- Has David McNarry as an active and leading member
- Has a leader who is an active Orangeman
- Has John Laird as an inactive but vocal member
- Insisted on keeping the constitutionally incorrect and politically divisive word ‘Ulster’ in the title of their non-merger with the Tories
- Lost its prospective Catholic candidates thanks to its ham-fisted attempts to establish a sectarian pact with the DUP
- Selected the homophobic and bigoted Adrian Watson to stand in South Antrim
- Does as much as possible in Northern Ireland, and Brussels, to block the use of Irish
- Behaves in an un-Christian and shamefully disrespectful way to its Catholic fellow-citizens
Most people can think of dozens of occasions when the UUP or its members have done exactly what Mr Polley (sorry, “Chekov” … ) considers is ‘nationalism’s work’. He selects two obvious areas, the Irish language and the GAA – yet appears naively ignorant of the fact that his party – the one that ‘decent people’ should back – is incurably infected with tribal bigotry with regard to those two issues, as well as others.
Why he thinks that ‘decent people’ would ever vote for a party of anti-Irish bigots is beyond comprehension. Many people, of course, do vote for the UUP – but given its record, as well as the public statements of its members, are they really ‘decent’?
If supposedly intelligent members of the UUP are this blind, what hope is there for unionism?