>> 28 Jun 2004

Kelly and Condescension

Isn't it refreshing to know that after seeing democracy and the forces of law and order debased, the imprimatur of devolved government held to ransom by terrorist hoods, and the position of Irish separatism elevated to a position way beyond its political and demographic strength, some of the more disagreeably vocal members of this philosophy still hold nothing but contempt for Unionism in general, and Ulster Protestant culture in particular?

James Kelly, in his weekly diatribe of nationalist obnoxious vulgarity, waxes lyrical about the manifestations of the Orange marching season. We are given a taste of what's to come with the line: 'when the more violent sections of the Orange Order make nuisances of themselves where they are not wanted.' Really, Mr Kelly!? Could that be the same Orange Order which raises vast sums of money for charity; the same Orange Order which has members from various ethnic backgrounds spread over four continents; the same Orange Order subjected to provocative taunts from members of soi-disant 'Residents Groups' that cannot bear the sight of an Orange sash on adjacent public roads (lest it send Sinn Fein apostles into fits of anaphylactic shock), yet see fit to mockingly spectate from nearby streets????

Kelly and his ilk have a vision for Northern Ireland: a vision whereby, inter alia, the pro-Union people are subjected to the authorisation of Irish nationalist politico-terrorist prodigies every time they wish to demonstrate any vestige of their culture and heritage. Why? Because certain adherents of Irish nationalism have an implicit dislike of Ulster's Unionists grounded as much in a Catholic supremacist Weltanschauung, as to an aversion to Protestant political aspirations. As an illustration of this take Kelly's 'Napoleon Pig' impersonation - 'Catholicism/the Pope = good, Protestantism/Orange Order = bad' - rooted in an apocryphal image of the island of Ireland. It is an image - like the infamous happenings in Fethard-on-Sea - where 'Protestants need not apply.' And they say Ulster Protestants are the people afflicted by a sense of sectarian supremacy!!


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