Unionism in all its forms, in Coleraine are set to propose flying the union flag on some buildings 365 days of the year. Included in the proposal is the desire to fly a flag from Sheskburn House in Ballycastle, riding rough shot over a 42 year policy of ‘no flags’ while Nationalist/Republicans held the majority.
With this motion Unionism confirms that it is the most pathetic of all political nostalgias. While governance should be for the more enlightened, local government is full or ‘corner boys’ who only know bigotry before economic development or the enhancement of life-chances.
In Unionism’s moral contentment, they enjoy an ease of conscience and the oafishness of a thug which together allows them to jack boot decisions to hurt others. To fly a flag in Ballycastle, a seat of governance that chose to fly no flags while it held a Nationalist/Republican majority for 42 years, will cause considerable hurt and pain to those who continued to put community relations first in the former District of Moyle.
As residents begin to learn of this proposal the anger and resentment is palpable here. But residents are also aware and take comfort in the fact that political Unionism aspires to nothing beyond the momentary consolations that this type of bigotry can offer.
It is a matter of insecurity attached to an identity crisis, the bastardy offspring of the Empire, as a Freudian interpration may have observed of the child (Ulster Unionism) longing for the family (Britain) who had already rejected it and become embarrassed by its every word and deed……… It’s now time to laugh at the bastard.
My efforts will remain focussed on realising the potential of both on and offshore renewables and enhancing the tourism product to increase financial growth and job creation, Coupled with support for small indigenous businesses.
I will also be working with others in the chamber to oppose this open display of hostility to the minority community in the Causeway Coast and Glens.
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