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Some belated steps forward October 22, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Speaking of contradictions as we so often seem to be doing these days, spare a thought for the one explicit here. This weekend the DUP and some attached to the UUP have been making great play as regards the supposed indivisibility of the union and how NI must be treated on the same terms as the UK as a whole.

And yet, yesterday we saw the absurd sight of…

Unionist politicians at Stormont yesterday [who] failed in a last-ditch effort to block the new legislation [decriminalising abortion provision and same-sex marriage].

There’s a level of cognitive dissonance so great that one almost wonders were matters designed to point that up at this particular time? But, however inconvenient for the DUP et al this is a good day and long past time through as RTÉ notes actual provision will not be made available in respect of abortion until next April while marriage equality comes into effect on 13th of January.


1. tafkaGW - October 22, 2019

The DUP: the Tea Party on the island of Ireland.

A new low, even for them.

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2. John Goodwillie - October 22, 2019

I don’t see the contradiction that is being pointed to. Presumably unionists sitting in the Scottish Parliament could oppose Scottish proposals even if such were to extend to Scotland matters which were already legislated for in England. On the current questions it is a matter of human rights on which the over-riding of a devolved parliament is justifiable; but that is not an argument for uniformity in all matters.

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WorldbyStorm - October 22, 2019

It’s not that there isn’t lack of uniformity – it is the fact that the DUP and some other unionists are so unwilling to admit to that lack of uniformity. It’s like their line NI must leave the EUon the same terms as the rest of the UK – that’s an impossibility because of the GFA/BA and in particular aspects like the implementation bodies which do not exist in Scotland Wales or England ie the North is different to elsewhere in the UK.


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