12/11/2007

If the Scots leave...

Paisley has said that the future of Scotland as a member of the Union will have no bearing on the status of the 6 counties. Now, is that really true?



Paisley was replying to a question from Official Unionist David Burnside and said the following

"The First Minister of Scotland has views on the future constitutional position of Scotland and of course they are well known. Those are entirely matters for him and his party to take forward with the people of Scotland and they have no bearing on the future government of our country."

Unionists', most of those that I have encountered anyway, rely greatly on the Scottish side of the Union and indeed many Unionists' have a bit of an anti-English complex. Not anti-English in the way that Republican's would be in terms of British involvement in Ireland but a much more subtle form.

The glee that they took when their football team defeated England was almost as profound as the joy which we take when ever the Irish team defeat the Saxon foe.

The fact that many English view them as nothing more than Paddies must be a constant cause of irritation to the more delusional type who eschew any form of Irish identity.

With so many Unionists' determined to latch on to this deluded notion of an Ulster-Scots culture and language it just goes to show the lengths that some will go to in order to foster the notion that the Union is a positive beast.

The dominant Protestant denomination in the 6 counties is of course Presbyterian, of Scottish origin, and we have many Scottish surnames from Campbell to Cathcart.

Now of course there is a connection between Ireland and Scotland, one which both traditions on this island share. For the Catholic Irish it is one of Celtic FC, Gaelic language and our shared battle against the Saxon foe. For the Protestant Irish it is a religious and Orange Order connection that is the most visible.

Yet those of us who embrace our Celtic cousins on the Republican side do so in the belief that both Scotland and Ireland should be free and independent Gaelic countries, not a political union of such parts.

Indeed I regularly go to Faughart old graveyard just over the road from me and there I find the grave of Edward the Bruce.

He died in the Battle of Faughart in 1318 and despite his desire to see a "grand Gaelic alliance against England" his legacy in Ireland and his sacking of Dundalk in particular leave a bitter taste in this Irishman's mouth.

Now, back to the matter at hand, Unionist reaction should Scotland take the path of independence.

What would be the point of their Union then?

With just England and Wales left to form a Union with and with most of their perceived cultural and religious ties being with Scotland would their desire to stall a United Ireland be enough to sustain this new found Union?

I ask this out of general interest as I can't see the Union surviving such an occurrence.

With the Union rotting away faster than a bad carrot and with the British Empire banished to the annals of history I can see Scotland landing the final blow to over 200 years of theft, rape and murder.

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