- Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:40 pm
I'm struggling to understand the maths on these demographics and where the commercial influence lies, i.e. the soft power. I am working on the principle, perhaps wrongly (I dunno), that the majority of people in Norn Iron just want to get on with the future which, by definition, can only be a shared one.
At the margins, there must be a proportion of flame-haired bomb lobbers together with the besuited Armalite-players who only speak in CABBIDAL LEDDAS!!!11!"! for whom, paradoxically, a little nudge towards the turmoil of the past can only be a good thing. It makes them relevant again or, at the very least, part of the conversation and, chillingly, part of the solution in the eyes of the easily led.
Oh Christ, I feel so naive as I write this. I know that it takes only one small team to prep up a car bomb in Londonderry as well as I know that it only takes one deranged individual to run amok during a funeral. The part that I just don't understand is how fragile the peace is and how dismissed it is or isn't being.
My guess is that the cops are on top of most of it and that MI5 are on red alert, reactivating old sleepers. But, just one incident at the border, fatal or not, will see armed protection being redeployed and then the obvious spiral towards a snarling, violent division within weeks if not days.
Surely, the provisional wing of the "just make it fucking stop" tendency, who just want to get on with the customer service job and meeting the payments on the Ford Focus, will be screaming for a solution. And, the only solution can mean, according to the GFA, just one thing.
I doubt that I am alone trying to make head or tail of this and thinking that the DUP have played themselves like a tin flute..