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Observing Unionism from the south… October 10, 2018

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Pat Leahy in the IT argued the other day that much of the current contentious rhetoric between the DUP and Dublin is a function of fears on the part of the former that the UK government is about to cut a deal and make compromises on the backstop which will not be to their liking. Sounds plausible. But what of this?

Dublin has been observing Ulster unionism more closely and for a lot longer than London has. It understands that deep, deep in the heart of political unionism lies a great fear of something – something worse than the threatened advances of Dublin’s greenery, worse even than the infernal devices of popery: it is the fear of betrayal by London.

I imagine that at this point that is a lot more true than it might have been say forty odd years ago where one has the sense that the Republic – at least at state level – had a fairly shallow understanding of matters north of the border. Indeed it raises an interesting question, just how robust now would people think that oversight, intelligence and other structures are – and I’m not talking about cloak and dagger but more prosaic but no less important lines of communication and assessment – for the south?


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