....Then you have Republicans, I mean I myself consider myself Irish in every sense of the word, but I have the UK flag because I accept NI is part of the UK. Plus, the government down South is just a mess and there's no sign of anything changing soon. Nobody wants to buy into that. The economic recessions are cyclical down there. That's why I would prefer to remain in the UK at the minute. Although if there was to be a united Ireland that was actually run properly then I would go for it in a heartbeat....
The point is that the Irish need to work it out for themselves. So if the Bloody Brits and their Welfare Queen in Buckminster Palace renounce sovereignty, Ireland's actual residents are perfectly free to work out whatever level of autonomy for different parts of the island they want. But for "John Bull" to even still have
a Secretary of State for part of Ireland
is an outrage.
Quoting the political wing of the 'Real IRA' now? What is your position? Are you in favour of the peace process, like Sinn Fein? Are you against it but by peaceful means? Or are you siding with the Real IRA who want to tear down the peace process by murderous means? You can't be all at once.
Regarding your solution (British forces and government leave unilaterally then people of Ireland sort it out by negotiation or on the streets) is a doomed plan. It would as night follows day lead to civil war and huge terrorism in the Northern Ireland. Your willing to sacrifice the peace process for that? Do you think people in the Irish Republic want that?
I don't see any alternative to the peace process.
I can quote anybody, that doesn't mean they control my views. Of course
the RIRA and 32CSM must be happy 2C the police and paramilitaries fighting Protestant extremists.
My favourite group there is the socialist remnant of the old Official IRA:
"In 1969, the IRA split into the 'Official' IRA and the 'Provisional' IRA. Both organisations opposed partition and refused to recognise the governments of either the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland.
"But whereas the Provisionals advocated violent confrontation, the Official IRA saw its role as purely defensive and pursued a policy of creating a socialist Ireland by largely policies means.
"The Official IRA has feuded with other Republican groups, but has not embarked on any other major armed campaigns. It is believed to still exist and is thought to be responsible for more than 50 deaths during the Troubles.
"At the same time as the Provisional IRA split from the Official IRA, its political wing, Provisional Sinn Fein, split from the Official Sinn Fein., which is now known as the Workers' Party of Ireland."
I do also "have a soft spot"
for the far left (rather than sectarian) militants of the Irish National Liberation Army:
"The INLA was formed in 1974, following a split in the Official IRA over its 1972 ceasefire.
"Its peak of activity was in the 1970s and early 1980s, when it often operated in concert with other republican groups. Three of the 10 republican hunger strikers who died in 1981 were INLA members.
"The organisation first rose to prominence with the assassination of Conservative Northern Ireland spokesman Airey Neave at the House of Commons in 1979. In total, it is believed to have killed more than 120 people during the Troubles.
"Riven by splits and feuds, and widely associated with criminality such as armed robberies, the INLA almost fell apart during the mid- to late 1980s. One splinter group, the Irish People's Liberation Organisation, was attacked and disbanded by the Provisional IRA in 1992.
"In December 1997, the group killed leading loyalist paramilitary Billy Wright inside the Maze Prison, sparking a cycle of violent reprisals. It has a reputation, even among republican militants, of being extreme.
"In the wake of the 1998 Omagh bomb, the INLA called a ceasefire."
A remake of the old Paul McCartney classic.