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    Covenanter Covenanter is offline
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    Glasgow Rangers and NI Unionism

    Watching Rangers defeat of Celtic today it occurred to me that the match was a sort of metaphor for unionism in Northern Ireland. Celtic fans had rejoiced in their arch enemies being kicked out of the SPL and had widely predicted their demise just as republicans have consistently announced that unonists are on their way out. The reality was that Celtic suffered from lack of revenue because there were no Old Firm games and they failed to shine against lesser teams. Rangers on the other hand retained its loyal support and fought its way back into the SPL and today defeated Celtic after a hard fought game.

    In Northern Ireland republicans have long been crowing about the inevitable demise of unionism because of their disgusting reliance on a sectarian head count. The reality has been a declining republican vote combined with an increasing unionist vote (largely due to the flag dispute) and both the Life and Times and Spotlight polls showing little support for a united Ireland. This in the very year that SF predicted a united Ireland would happen.

    Republicans have been predicting victory now for close on a hundred years and dismissing unionists as being irrelevant. It must be a gigantic pain in the posterior for them that unionism continues to triumph just as Rangers did today. Pragmatism continues to win over fantasy.
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    Dame_Enda Dame_Enda is offline
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    On the polls yes but on the other hand the poll also showed that the Catholic support for a UI increases if they are told it will make them better off economically - in sharp contrast to Unionism. And a Canadian thinktank recently reported (a thread was started about it here some time ago) that a UI could benefit NI economically. Personally I think NI could benefit from the South's economic ties to Irish-America.
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    Presume the Famine Song songsheet is being dusted off. Spare us all from this sectarian drivel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by former wesleyan View Post
    Presume the Famine Song songsheet is being dusted off. Spare us all from this sectarian drivel.
    Things have changed - not that long ago there would have been rioting in areas of Belfast and Derry because of this.
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    I've literally seen it all now.
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    Two bad teams play a football match.

    One of the bad teams wins the football match.

    Some not very bright people think that one of the bad teams beating (or vice versa) the other bad team is important.

    There is not much important going on in the lives of those that are that interested in two bad teams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cruimh View Post
    Things have changed - not that long ago there would have been rioting in areas of Belfast and Derry because of this.
    Which goes to show how mad this is, 2 p!ss poor foreign teams and idiots in Ireland getting wound up about them, do me a favour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by covenanter View Post
    watching rangers defeat of celtic today it occurred to me that the match was a sort of metaphor for unionism in northern ireland.
    omg.
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    Rangers and Celtic need each other to prosper. Or both need to go to the EPL (which the SFA refuses to countenance).
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    Anybody kicked to death to celebrate the victory of the tax evasion 11?
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