Generational And Supermajority Voting. How To Gerrymander A United Ireland Referendum


When the Irish civil rights movement emerged in the United Kingdom’s colonial territory on the island of Ireland during the late 1960s, a common slogan on its placards and banners read “One Man, One Vote”. This was in reference to the decades old disenfranchisement of some northern nationalists under the unionist system of electoral gerrymandering; a form of legalised discrimination which denied the voting rights of some people while literally multiplying the voting rights of others. That disdain for democratic norms remains a defining characteristic of political unionism and explains its newfound enthusiasm for so-called “once in a lifetime” and “supra-majority” voting on the question of ending the UK’s unwarranted presence in the north-eastern Six Counties.

Last week’s speech to Queens University Belfast by Peter Robinson, the former leader of the hardline Democratic Unionist Party and First Minister in the disputed region’s peace-brokered executive, illustrates this new thinking…

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