To her many critics, this afternoon’s statement by Arlene Foster provided further proof of her failings as a political leader, with the boss of the hard-right Democratic Unionist Party continuing to promote the ethno-sectarian politics of her predecessors, notably the group’s founder, the rabble-rousing Ian Paisley. As the Fermanagh MLA dismissed any notion of introducing genuine legal equality between the Irish and English languages in the disputed Six Counties, Foster made explicit the colonial nature of the United Kingdom’s “putrid little statelet” on the island of Ireland.
From the BBC:
On Tuesday, the DUP leader said there would be no compulsory Irish language in schools, no one would be forced to learn Irish, there would be no quotas for Irish speakers in the civil service and there would be no bilingual road signs.
The DUP leader said her test for any proposal is whether it impinges on the rights of…
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