Now is Not the Time
Following from yesterday’s piece on how Britain is both stagnant and in flux. how suppressing constitutional change is inviting constitutional breakdown, this interview is an interesting insight into how Northern Ireland and Scotland are viewed very differently:
‘NI Agreement states that a poll will be called if at anytime a majority express that NI should cease to be part of the UK, you have ruled that out for 10 years?’ @susannareid100 questions Northern Ireland Secretary, Chris Heaton-Harris, on the potential for a NI border poll… pic.twitter.com/tc176bUSIC
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) February 5, 2024
The interviewers are incredulous that the people of Northern Ireland could be treated with such disdain with the NI Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris unilaterally announcing that there will be no poll on a United Ireland for ten years. How could this possibly be okay when it directly contradicts the NI Agreement? Yet such a pronouncement is routinely made of Scotland’s right to hold a referendum on independence. It has become commonplace, we have become completely inured to being put down and told to shut up. The events across the Irish Sea are shining light onto these relations and the hypocrisy within them.
A tangent I know but a Biden election victory across the pond might also be a key to change and unification in Ireland that might in turn cause constitutional ripples in Britain.