Today we see that the number of those who identify themselves as British has fallen from a majority to a plurality. Those who call themselves protestant has also fallen to a plurality. One of the reasons for partition, to preserve a Protestant Ascendancy no longer applies.
The growing number of people who identify themselves as Irish are starting to make their presence felt and pro-Irish cultural expression and symbolism is being demanded and being achieved in the public sphere.
Unionism cannot cope. The "flegs" issue is a symptom of this malaise, the malaise of not wanting Irish or their cultural expression around the place.
Now the outcome of the "fleg" at belfast is in no way a nationalist solution. It still proclaims unionist supremacy in Belfast, a city were the census show that they are in a minority. However any diminition, no ridiculous the perception, cannot be dealt with. So the more extreme unionists rounded on the moderate ones in the Alliance Party, basically blaming them for lundyism in the face of a nationalist siege. They do not see that the Alliance Party achieved a result for unionism. Blind extremism indeed.
The unionists from the estates have rebelled. The UUP and DUP have created a monster which they have lost control off. McCrea was ran from a protest in Cookstown with yous (the DUP) are finished ringing in his ears. Tonight Jeffery Donaldson and Edwin Poots gets their lives threatened. Marchers walking with banners proclaiming that democracy does not work.
In short the unionists are in crises. Protestant Ulster is no more. It is not even British now. No one can tell how it will develop. But one thing is sure. It will not be the Ulster of 10 or 20 years ago. That Ulster is finished, what happens now?