Starmer announces support for Northern Ireland unionism – at the worst possible time

Last Updated: July 10, 2021By Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Keir Starmer: open mouth, insert… well, jackboot, really.

Is Labour leader Keir Starmer deliberately trying to stir up violence in Northern Ireland?

He has told an interviewer that, if a referendum were called on whether NI should rejoin the Irish Republic, he would campaign with Ulster Unionism against Irish Unity.

If this happened at a time when he was prime minister (unlikely, I know) this would contradict the Good Friday Agreement:

In any case, Starmer’s decision to say this could not possibly have come at a worse time. He said it just days before July 12, otherwise known as the Glorious Twelfth or Orangemen’s Day – the Ulster Protestant celebration of William of Orange’s victory at the Battle of the Boyne that began Protestant Ascendancy in the province.

According to our good and reliable friends, Wikipedia, “On and around the Twelfth, large parades are held by the Orange Order and Ulster loyalist marching bands, streets are bedecked with British flags and bunting, and large towering bonfires are lit.

“The Twelfth has been accompanied by violence since its beginning.”

This apparent endorsement of Protestant supremacy by a Labour leader is likely to encourage the more incendiary elements of the Protestant population. Who knows what could happen as a result?

It was an astonishingly irresponsible statement for Starmer to make.

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  1. Terry SCALES July 11, 2021 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    To be patriotic is to support the will of the majority……..not some nationalist artifice created to support the landed elite. The majority in NI voted remain in the EU and in doing so support a united Ireland.

  2. Peter Bolton July 11, 2021 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Hi Mike, great post. Do you have any link on this other than the Twitter video? Also, do you know the name of the BBC interviewer? I writing a piece on this for The Canary.

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