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Federal Unionism—Early Sinn Fein: Article 1

Democracy - An Irish Christian Liberal Democracy within the United Kingdom and the National Government of Ireland Act

First in a series of articles submitted to the Blanket

Michael Gillespie • July 2006

INTRODUCTION: In the previous articles in The Blanket, The Way Ireland Ought To Be and Solving The Irish Problem, the reader will find the National Government of Ireland Act is central to the solution of the Irish Problem as otlined in these articles.

In this new series of articles, the content of the Act is given in full and in so doing it is hoped the reader will be given an insight in to the complete scope of the Act. However, what is given is one man's stab at writing the Act. In reality the Act would have to be written by a panel of elected politicians in Northern Irleand and in that case such a panel could, in their counsel, be much wiser and differ from the deliberations contained in this series.

Ireland was partitioned by the Government of Ireland Act. If this island is ever to be re-united that can only be done in The National Government of Ireland Act and in no other way. Such an Act would have to be extensive and all inclusive taking into account the communal and social life of Ireland in all its aspects. The Act should be written at Stormont, ratified at Wesminster and then put to the vote in an all-Ireland referendum. The purpose of the Act is to synthesise Unionism and Nationalism. Federal Unionist—Early Sinn Fein.

The Irish Problem as seen by Winston Churchill:

But as the deluge subsides and the waters fall short, we see the dreary steeples of Fermanagh and Tyrone emerging once again.The integrity of their quarrel is one of the few institutions that has been unaltered in the cataclysm which has swept the world.

The issue of democracy and the state of N. Ireland has been dealt with in a previous article, The Way Ireland Ought to Be. It has been made clear N. Ireland is not a democracy in the true sense of the word. To recap, while the people have the vote the constitution is in dispute. For a democracy to be such in the true sense as well as the vote the constitution must have the overwhelming support of the people. The second condition does not hold for N. Ireland.

There are two heads of state involved, two flags being flown, two anthems being sung, two governments involved and two passports being held. To make the state stable there ought to be one head of state, the Crown, one flag acceptable to all, the Royal Flag Of Ireland, one government elected by the people, one anthem— neither God Save The Queen nor A Soldier's Song— and one passport with an Irish identity which accepts the Crown as Head of State. It is the contention of this series of articles that all of this is achievable in the National Government Of Ireland Act.

Northern Ireland has never been a liberal Democracy in the true sense. Under the old Stormont it was a Right Wing Union Jack Unionist Police State. To wit, the putting down in October 69 of a civil rights demonstration by a Right Wing Union Jack Unionist RUC, which was anti-Irish, anti-Catholic and oppressive. The RUC has been given a name change to the PSNI, but the remaining problem is this: One can change the leopard's name but will the leopard change its spots? While the bulk of the membership of the PSNI are made up, no doubt, of decent, upright honest citizens of a moderate disposition, it could be that there still remains a rump in the PSNI who are hard line Right Wing Union Jack Unionists.

In late Sinn Fein there are those who talk about a Socialist Republic for Ireland. Such a Republic would certainly not be a Democracy but would impose Socialism on the people as it is done in the Socialists Republics of North Korea and of Cuba.
For Northern Ireland to be a stable liberal Democracy it will have one head of State only, one flag, one Government elected by the people, one anthem and one passport.

Northern Ireland can be made a stable, Christian, Liberal Democracy within the United Kingdom by the National Government of Ireland Act. This Act must first be drawn up for the whole of Ireland and the Act then handled in a democratic manner by being voted upon in the whole of Ireland.

Efforts are now afoot to set up Stormont yet once again. In this one is reminded of the principle in computing, "Rubbish in, Rubbish out," and this simply means if you put rubbish into a computer you will get rubbish out of it. By analogy the same principle can be applied to Stormont, if you put sectarian rubbish into it you will get sectarian rubbish out of it. In recent times the people were foolish enough to put sectarian rubbish into Stormont so they shouldn't grumble and complain now that they are getting sectarian rubbish out of it. The sectarian parties in the North are leading the people up the garden path to a derelict Stormont whose roof has caved in and the roof caved in with the rise of the Civil Rights Movement. Various efforts have been made to restore the roof, but all of this has been in vain due to the sectarian nature of the state. The present move to put the roof back on will again end in failure due to the sectarian nature of the politicians involved.

Gregory Campbell of the D.U.P. has much to say about democracy nowadays especially in connection with Late Sinn Fein. I don't wish to be unkind to Gregory but it is my guess what Gregory knows about democracy could be written on the back of a postage stamp. What Gregrory understands as democracy is another matter. What Gregrory probably understands as democracy is a Northern Ireland with a Right Wing Union Jack Unionist unwritten constitution rammed down the throats of the Catholic minority by military force and by an armed police force and with a Protestant majority ruling elite in government in Stormont. Genuine democracy is much more complex much more subtle and much more agreeable than that.

If a genuine democracy and unity on the island is ever to become a reality, three sacred cows in Irish history will have to be taken to the abattoir and slaughtered and then sold to the Irish as mince pies. Firstly, the undemocratic and divisive '98 rebellion will have to be given the humane killer. Secondly, the undemocratic and oppressive 1801 Act of Union will have to be disposed of, and replaced by the National Government of Ireland Act . Thirdly, that most sacred of sacred cows the undemocratic, sectarian, and divisive 1916 Uprising will have to be sold off in Tescos as steak and kidney pies.

I do not wish this to be read as a philosophy of despair. It is far from that. John Hume has observed that we are a divided people That is true in as far as it goes but it doesn't take us very far It begs the question: How are the people to be united? Nationalism has no answer to that, but Federal Unionism—Early Sinn Fein has. The people can be united with the National Government of Ireland Act and in no other way. The Act is developed in this series of articles, to be continued in The Blanket.

When President Clinton first campaigned for the Presidency he took as his campaign slogan:

What is the problem in America?
It's the economy, stupid.

If the reader of these articles is asked, What is the problem in Ireland? The reader should reply: It's the constitution, stupid.

See also:
Article 1: Democracy
Article 2: The Way of Life
Article 3: The Crown Irish
Article 4: Rights, Freedoms
Article 5: The Legal Profession
Article 6: Government Politics

Article 7: Religion
Article 8: Policing

Article 9: The Army, the Navy and the Air Force
Article 10: The Orange Order


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