Monday 25 January 2021

Cordial But Tough?

The Loyalist Communities Council, you say? Shamimas, the lot of them. If the Ulster Volunteer Force, the Ulster Defence Association and the Red Hand Commando wished to kick off, then let them be reminded that under Shamima's Law, if you would merely qualify for another nationality, whether or not you held it or wanted it, then your British citizenship could now be revoked at a stroke of the Home Secretary's pen. And every British citizen who was born on the island of Ireland is entitled to at least one other nationality, whether or not they hold it or want it.

The organisations represented on the LCC have a political party with at least as much support as Sinn Féin, through which they might negotiate with the Northern Ireland Office. In 2017, their endorsement through the LCC, and their directly active support on the ground, won the improbable seat of Belfast South for Emma Little-Pengelly of the DUP. She herself acknowledged that in barely coded terms during her acceptance speech.

Little-Pengelly is the daughter of Noel Little of the Paris Three. His, Ian Paisley's and Peter Robinson's Ulster Resistance has never even declared a ceasefire, and after that Election it effectively held the balance of power in the House of Commons for two and a half years. But still, Shamimas, the lot of them. I do not agree with Shamima's Law. Do the eight remaining DUP MPs, all of whom were born on the island of Ireland?

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