I'm signing off p.ie after this. Before that I wanted to put down a few points for consideration.
Earlier this year we had the Solemn Ulster Covenant celebrations. The response to this and analysis offered in the media was largely uncritical.
What the Covenant was all about was a subversion of democracy.
A few short months later and we have Belfast City Council taking a democratic vote. The Unionist response was predictable. It is the way Unionists always respond in situations like this. They resort to violence. It is the survival reflex which has served them so eminently down the centuries.
Again, we are seeing little critical analysis of this subversion of democracy in the media. In point of fact we are being treated to hand-wringing pieces where journos head into east Belfast and Sandy Row trying to 'understand' the misunderstood Unionist.
What we hear is a lot of crap about Unionists feeling their identity is under seige. Is this what your identity is? Shoving the union jack down the throat of a city that doesn't want it? Actually, that is precisely what it is. They certainly don't want a tricolour on top of city hall alongside the union jack. They don't want equality, they want dominance. That was the very foundation of the six county entity.
When we think of some of the sickening crap Unionists have pulled in city hall down the years, their reaction to this has been simultaneously predictable and hilarious. It has made the sight of that bare flag pole all the sweeter.
Folks in the 26 counties may labour under the illusion that this is of no relevance to them.
The remorseless shift in demography begs to differ.
I have said previously that the greatest assurance of a united Ireland is that Unionists just keep on being Unionists.
What the past few days have seen is an object demonstration that Unionists just can't help being Unionists. That instinctive hatred of Fenians is just too sodden in their marrow for them to allow reason and cool political calculation to trump their need for violence and bloodlust when confronted with Catholics getting 'beyond their station'.
Many commentators on the census have comforted themselves with the delusion that half these Catholics are really green Brits. Perhaps that's the case, but I can tell you this, I've yet to come across a Catholic who isn't quite pleased to see that flag down. And it’s just a sign of things to come.
As the Nationalist proportion of the population passes out the Unionist, then they will feel less and less obligated to put up with the innumerable signs of Unionists domination we have shoved down our throat day and daily. Why should they? They're running the show. If they want to name streets after Daniel O'Connell, who's going to stop them? If they want to fund huge St Patrick's day festivities who's going to stop them? If they want to give more grants to the GAA than they do to soccer, who's going to stop them? If a majority Catholic police force starts making life difficult in East Belfast, who exactly is going to cry tears over it?
These are just a few examples off the top of my head of what an ever more nationalist six counties hold in store for unionism. A lot of it will only be a leveling of the playing field. But as unionism has amply demonstrated they are totally incapable of dealing with that without resorting to violence.
The flag on City Hall is just the thinnest end of the wedge. There is much, much more where that came from.
And how does this have relevance for the average denizen of the 26 counties?
Having seen the reaction to a fairly trivial recognition of demographic realities in Belfast, it does not take much imagination to project that coming years hold in store a steady rise of tensions in the six counties.
Now here is the key point.
Unionists will be Unionists. They will be seeking to bring violence into the equation at every perceived provocation. Little comprehending that in doing so they are turning soft Catholic opinion against the union. By constantly resorting to violence Unionists will make it abundantly clear to those Catholics not already switched on to the fact, that Unionist don't consider a six counties where they are EQUAL to Nationalists worth living in. That was never the point of the six counties.
As violence escalates frightened and newly politicised Nationalists will be faced with a two choices, both of which will be grim for Unionism.
1. They use the organs of the state, which they will then dominate, to treat unionists just as they treated nationalists throughout the Troubles.
2. They vote the six counties into a united Ireland to definitively secure their safety.
Ironically, the way things are going and current patterns of behaviour, the best unionism can now hope for is a United Ireland.
The 26 counties need to pay very careful attention to what is happening in the six counites, for this is an issue that will only play ever increasing importance in the political dialogue of the island. The government needs to be planning now for both eventualities. Part of that should see a realistic discussion started in society about how we deal with a majority nationalist six counties and unionism in a tailspin towards civil war.
The section 31 policy on this site is stupid, bone-headed, duplicitous, amoral and anti-intellectual. But it is perhaps in facilitating and fomenting ignorance on what will become a defining political development of our generation that its greatest folly lies.
When the policy is dropped I'll return. Until then, I'll sit back and enjoy the slow turn of the screw.