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Secretary of State 'did not understand' NI voting patterns

The Secretary of State has said she initially did not understand that nationalists did not vote for unionist parties during elections
Karen Bradley said she did not comprehend that campaigns are generally fought within each part of the community.
She told The House magazine that it was "a very different world from the world I came from

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern- ... d-45442079
I wouldn't be surprised if Theresa Villiers had no idea either. Why would anyone with intellectual rigour and curiosity want to become an MP in the post-John Major Conservative Party? William Hague comes across as a bright thoughtful man as a pundit, political analyst and author but as a politician, he campaigns in stupid.
'They don't give a damn about us': Belfast reacts to Karen Bradley remarks
Northern Ireland secretary’s lack of knowledge of region prompts anger and bafflement
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/201 ... ey-remarks

In the late 70s/early 80s the Inland Revenue had a system where N Ireland staff could have a break working in England for a while. The staff reporting meant that you were assessed by two more senior staff. One Protestant and one Catholic. Inconceivable over here, where your colleagues' religion mattered not at all.
One arrived in an unusually wet summer instead of the sunny weather she had expected in Eastbourne.
I suppose I could be carrying some bias here, but fuck me, this stuff is neither complex nor secret. At risk of exposing equal but opposite ignorance, I'd be shocked if similar divided campaigning, albeit on socioeconomic lines, wasn't the norm everywhere.
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