The Irish-born author and activist Richard Seymour, who hails from a unionist background in County Antrim, has written an excoriating opinion piece for The New York Times on the Brexit crisis in the United Kingdom and the consequential death spasms of the UK’s legacy colony in the north-east of Ireland.
The Democratic Unionist Party, the hard-line Northern Irish Protestant party that essentially has both Prime Minister Theresa May and the Brexit process in a death grip, is not merely stupid or fanatical. The party understands that its fortunes depend on an increasingly threatened British nationalism.
Unionism is dying in Northern Ireland. During the 30-year war, the Protestant majority was mostly loyal, even though Northern Ireland was one of the the poorest parts of the United Kingdom. With a dwindling industrial base, it was subsidized by war, infused with money for an occupying army and giant, garrisoned stations full of police officers.
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