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Revolutionary Unionism

In a series of articles, political journalist and Revolutionary Unionist Dr John Coulter outlines the ideology of Revolutionary Unionism, and why the creation of an all-island Unionist Forum is the first step in its long-term goal – the Irish Republic rejoining the British Commonwealth.


Dr John Coulter • 13 November 2006

Its time to form an all-island Unionist Forum to rejuvenate the Southern Protestant tradition and give Northern Protestants an effective voice in the running of the Republic.

No matter how deep the looming split within the DUP over the St Andrews Agreement, the scene is set for pro-deal Paisleyites to nominate the former Dr No of Unionism as First Minister Yes in a few days' time.

For the first time since the 17th century's Glorious Revolution, political Protestantism has the chance to have a real say in the government of Ireland, north and south, through the cross-border bodies.

Unfortunately, Unionism has been fooled by the hypnotic propaganda of republicanism which has constantly portrayed the North as a failed state, and is now floating the daft notion of repartition where the Northern Prods would be crammed into counties Antrim and Down.

Unionism needs to start believing in the concept of the Occupied Twenty-Six Counties, and begin the process of feeding the rapidly expanding Southern Irish middle class the reality their future lies in rejoining the British Commonwealth of nations.

Since 1920 and the evil of partition, Southern Unionists were forced to integrate for sheer survival into the once Catholic Church dominated Republic, with many Southern Protestant families having to flee North because of IRA pogroms.

The then Unionist leadership of Carson and Craig were quite content to relax behind the B Specials controlled border rather than orchestrate an invasion of the South to seize more territory – especially after the assassination of Free State icon Michael Collins by anti-Treaty republicans.

More than 80 years on from the killing of Collins, pro-deal republicans within Provisional Sinn Fein ironically find themselves the subjects of alleged death threats from so-called purists who view the Provos' political wing as supposed traitors.

It makes you wonder what course Irish – and republican – history will take should these dissidents actually turn their alleged threats into reality.

Likewise, for once in a generation, Unionists need to think constructively about the role of the cross-border bodies. These institutions are not about Southern republicans running the North, but provide the best opportunity in 100 years of re-establishing a 21st century version of the Protestant Ascendancy.

In the coming months, Protestants must come to recognise the ideals of Revolutionary Unionism as the only path to re-creating that once coveted Ascendancy.

This brand of Unionism is based on the pillars of one party, one faith, one Commonwealth. Not surprisingly, talk of an all-island Unionist identity is met with hysterical laughter in many hardline Protestant fundamentalist circles.

On 23 November, many ageing Paisleyites may be commemorating the 25th anniversary of the monster Third Force rally in Newtownards attended by some 5,000 masked men.

As the Third Force's political messiah boomed out his message of defiance that wet November evening in 1981, any talk of a future DUP/Sinn Fein power-sharing government at Stormont would have been greeted with equal hysterical laughing, and more than likely a hard kick in the head.

Revolutionary Unionism is so dubbed because it forces Northern Prods to think outside of the six counties. What is needed first is a single party, simply called The Unionist Party – a broad church which will represent all shades of pro-Union thinking.

The one faith concept marks a return to the Bible principles of Jesus Christ as highlighted in the New Testament.

Given the loss of respect in the Catholic pulpit from the convicted pervert priests scandals, the large numbers of Prods who never darken a church door, and the rise of militant Islam, there is a growing need for a spiritual awakening in Irish Christianity along the lines of the famous 1859 Revival which swept through Ireland.

Many Southern Catholics and Northern Prods could be attracted to a pro-Commonwealth Unionist movement – driven by an evangelical radical Presbyterianism – which guaranteed their middle class lifestyles would not be threatened by the ever expanding European Union.

Revolutionary Unionism would take the British islands – including Ireland – out of the EU and into the global economic security of the Commonwealth.

With the rapidly increasing migrant population in the South, there is the real danger of another fascist-style Blueshirt movement emerging as racial tensions begin to boil.

In the meantime, the all-island Unionist Forum will give Southern Protestants the real voice they have been denied since 1920.



Read Dr John Coulter's If You Ask Me from this week's BBC Hearts & Minds.







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