The very happy result of the Republic of Ireland equal marriage referendum (much as I disapprove of voting on people’s civil rights) makes Northern Ireland even more of an embarrassment to this Kingdom, not just in respect of equal marriage but in many other laws which are a throwback to the 1950’s.
We necessarily spilled British blood to stop our fellow citizens in Northern Ireland being thrown to the priest-ridden theocracy that was the 1970’s Republic. Now, it seems the legislature of that province ungratefully wants to keep its people firmly in the last century. Indeed Northern Ireland only got civil partnerships and a decent equality law because at the time of their passing their assembly was undergoing one of its periodical suspensions while they were at each other’s throats for some reason I now forget.
I have had the pleasure of meeting many young people from Northern Ireland recently who are similarly embarrassed. We need to help them.
The main problems here are the Unionist parties, who exploit the constitutional arrangements to block change. They are assertively fond of Northern Ireland’s position as an integral part of the UK. Right. The sovereign parliament of the UK should, in the exercise of its absolute sovereignty and notwithstanding anything Northern Ireland’s ghastly bigot of a first minister says, forthwith assimilate Northern Ireland’s social policy and laws to those of the rest of the country:-
– equal marriage
– equal treatment of LGBT people in other respects such a blood donation
– women’s rights to abortion without being forced to travel to Great Britain
– abolition of blasphemy laws
– and the rest.
Oh and while they are at they can integrate the school system.
And if the older Unionists don’t like it they can declare independence (which will necessitate independence from the massive subsidies we give them). Good luck