[Marxism] This is not a parody -- this is The Blanket

james daly james.irldaly at ntlworld.com
Thu Nov 23 09:58:58 MST 2006

Anthony McIntyre published this article in his Belfast "dissident"
Republican journal The Blanket. The name of his journal is supposed to
commemorate republican prisoners, including the ten hunger strikers.
Fetishising free-speech, he has published the famous anti-Muslim cartoons.
Anthony recently attended the funeral of a UVF chief, of whom he mused in
his journal that he was a liberation theologian. As a comrade exploded, on
hearing that news, "Who the hell was he liberating?"

It is easy to imagine what James Connolly's reaction would have been to an
article like the one below. It raises the question "Who is the
self-proclaimed revolutionary socialist Anthony McIntyre liberating?" It is
not this article but McIntyre's publication of it which is a parody; a
parody of the actually existing bourgeois Irish republican tradition
symbolised in the wishful thinking of the self-contradictory Irish flag,
which is improbably orange and green.

Seamus Costello satirised the socialist version of that tradition in words
borrowed from James Connolly's sarcastic characterisation of the municipal
socialism of William Walker, the Belfast representative of Hyndman's
Independent Labour Party, as "gas and water socialism". He called it
"(Belfast) Ring Road (Protest) socialism.

The goal of those traditions is the seemingly laudable one of peace, but
that is taken as meaning the destruction of resistance to imperialism, and
submission to the local manifestation of pro-imperialism, loyalism. That is 
contortion through which the class-and-nation question in Ireland has led to 
present debacle.


In a series of articles, political journalist and Revolutionary Unionist Dr
John Coulter outlines the ideology of Revolutionary Unionism, and why the
creation of an all-island Unionist Forum is the first step in its long-term
goal - the Irish Republic rejoining the British Commonwealth.

Revolutionary Unionism

Dr John Coulter
13 November 2006


Its time to form an all-island Unionist Forum to rejuvenate the Southern
Protestant tradition and give Northern Protestants an effective voice in the
running of the Republic.

No matter how deep the looming split within the DUP over the St Andrews
Agreement, the scene is set for pro-deal Paisleyites to nominate the former
Dr No of Unionism as First Minister Yes in a few days' time.

For the first time since the 17th century's Glorious Revolution, political
Protestantism has the chance to have a real say in the government of
Ireland, north and south, through the cross-border bodies.

Unfortunately, Unionism has been fooled by the hypnotic propaganda of
republicanism which has constantly portrayed the North as a failed state,
and is now floating the daft notion of repartition where the Northern Prods
would be crammed into counties Antrim and Down.

Unionism needs to start believing in the concept of the Occupied Twenty-Six
Counties, and begin the process of feeding the rapidly expanding Southern
Irish middle class the reality their future lies in rejoining the British
Commonwealth of nations.

Since 1920 and the evil of partition, Southern Unionists were forced to
integrate for sheer survival into the once Catholic Church dominated
Republic, with many Southern Protestant families having to flee North
because of IRA pogroms.

The then Unionist leadership of Carson and Craig were quite content to relax
behind the B Specials controlled border rather than orchestrate an invasion
of the South to seize more territory - especially after the assassination of
Free State icon Michael Collins by anti-Treaty republicans.

More than 80 years on from the killing of Collins, pro-deal republicans
within Provisional Sinn Fein ironically find themselves the subjects of
alleged death threats from so-called purists who view the Provos' political
wing as supposed traitors.

It makes you wonder what course Irish - and republican - history will take
should these dissidents actually turn their alleged threats into reality.

Likewise, for once in a generation, Unionists need to think constructively
about the role of the cross-border bodies. These institutions are not about
Southern republicans running the North, but provide the best opportunity in
100 years of re-establishing a 21st century version of the Protestant

In the coming months, Protestants must come to recognise the ideals of
Revolutionary Unionism as the only path to re-creating that once coveted

This brand of Unionism is based on the pillars of one party, one faith, one
Commonwealth. Not surprisingly, talk of an all-island Unionist identity is
met with hysterical laughter in many hardline Protestant fundamentalist

On 23 November, many ageing Paisleyites may be commemorating the 25th
anniversary of the monster Third Force rally in Newtownards attended by some
5,000 masked men.

As the Third Force's political messiah boomed out his message of defiance
that wet November evening in 1981, any talk of a future DUP/Sinn Fein
power-sharing government at Stormont would have been greeted with equal
hysterical laughing, and more than likely a hard kick in the head.

Revolutionary Unionism is so dubbed because it forces Northern Prods to
think outside of the six counties. What is needed first is a single party,
simply called The Unionist Party - a broad church which will represent all
shades of pro-Union thinking.

The one faith concept marks a return to the Bible principles of Jesus Christ
as highlighted in the New Testament.

Given the loss of respect in the Catholic pulpit from the convicted pervert
priests scandals, the large numbers of Prods who never darken a church door,
and the rise of militant Islam, there is a growing need for a spiritual
awakening in Irish Christianity along the lines of the famous 1859
[Presbyterian] Revival which swept through Ireland.

Many Southern Catholics and Northern Prods could be attracted to a
pro-Commonwealth Unionist movement - driven by an evangelical radical
Presbyterianism - which guaranteed their middle class lifestyles would not
be threatened by the ever expanding European Union.

Revolutionary Unionism would take the British islands - including Ireland -
out of the EU and into the global economic security of the Commonwealth.

With the rapidly increasing migrant population in the South, there is the
real danger of another fascist-style Blueshirt movement emerging as racial
tensions begin to boil.

In the meantime, the all-island Unionist Forum will give Southern
Protestants the real voice they have been denied since 1920.

Read Dr John Coulter's *If You Ask Me* from this week's BBC [programme]
Hearts & Minds

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