A Restatement of Democratic Licence
Propoosal to a Troubled Community
Action to be taken to prevent future urban civil unrest
Continued violence of a blatant sectarian nature has sparked once again in the North of Ireland In Belfast and Carrickfergus the sectarian crowd incensed by the seeming erosion of their control in the community are now engaged in violent displays of force against a backdrop of seeming resignation that the search for democracy will be long and hard. This concept is a bitter pill to swallow for those who are after all the inheritors of the legacy of Irish settlements Their democratic right to protest is not under question,their democratic right to present forcible argument to justify their stance is particularly sought after within the context of a rule by the people for the people which many define as democracy. Issues which surround the maintenance and pretense of democracy are in place and the confines within which people can work are getting more and more constricted not simply because the terms of their remit are indeed fundamental but because they have such a long way to come to accept the tenets of a simalcre democracy.
Under the umbrella of demos, many democracies have survived which are as different as they are complex The keynote principle for demos to survive is that the majority rule with a corporate cutting of the corporate cake in equal measures for each citizen. Rules to enforce this underlying principle of democracy have from time to time necessitated the imposition of rules ab initio to provoke the spirit of democracy.
It would seem to me that the flag waving and the colour of the flag is now part of the core which will resemble that kick start . Its wholly repugnant to those who perceive in democracy the erosion or whittling away of their so called democratic right to fly a flag ,which has already been voted upon as devisive in our democratic world .
How the vote developed must ultimately be a question of historic retrospection and the preamble for votes which go against the grain or supposed run -of -play can be down to skulduggery or cheating or simply a mindset change fundamental in the kick-start approach to a quasi democracy.
Acceptance of embryonic rulings in a fledgling social state like our young democracy must be prdent, fundamental and primordial if the descent into violence and brute force is to be avoided
Justification for violence is never countenanced because we have the vestiges with us still Those elements in our society more prone to the imposition of their will than any grain of adherence to the principles of democracy. Propaganda has made that element of society forget the horrors they reigned down on citizens whose only intention was to stay alive and survive.
Those days recede from the minds of those who perpetrated the atrocities ,their collective ‘oublie’ is now seen as their greater fault since belief in the use of violence to achieve political expedients now looks tawdry and vulgar. The pain felt for those whose wasted lives were dismissed as for the cause still exists but its impact now centers around its placement in the date machine of history alas for the dead and the Great War.
The understanding that events are but cast differently now provokes the questions of maintenance of the procedure so erroneously conceived and so hastily invoked but kick starts have always been exactly that. If they were programmed then perhaps events may have differed but start they have and real they are . The question that the violence of recent weeks has provoked is not what can be destroyed but what means must be used to support this edifice now . The kick start has ended and we are ready for the embrace of democracy as previewed in the Good Friday ethos agreement however flawed.
Coming to terms with eventual change will not be possible for many and they will proceed to their graves convinced of their righteous path so well trodden by their kith and kin from yesteryear. The pain of change will be so marked by deception that ire will become more exacerbated and pronounced in a true Ulster fashion of the old bombasts. However the pain suffered by these loyalists will be tempered in others by the explicit statement of logic ,the logic of democracy. The cruel subtlety of democracy . When society unites and votes for unity with the Republic then the logical extension applied to democracy will be adhered to .Democracy in this case is a subtle weapon and the Unionist leader has called it right when he refers to the nibbling away and constant erosion The subtlety of this democracy means that under the cover of social interaction and progress those willing to accept allegiance with one foot in either camp will fall apart split in the middle because blinded and clouded by history they can’t decide . Our future is not for those who can’t decide our history now is for progress into a desert where the outcome is not assured but the effort has to be made.
Nothing has come easy to this community which seeks on one hand to forget the past and on the other knows the rules of society there is no place for mediocrity in thought and for too long we have let the mediocre parts of our society dictate the trend and they never really had the common man in mind but more so an effigy they concocted bearing the scars of their prejudice let that be a thing of the past as we now move to put a concrete cover on our promulgations and this is the sense of my article .
The current standing of the state authorities has created disdain and the removal of disdain from its primary source however the state has maintained its bargain with the community in terms of state payments and grants for adherence to the seeming unwritten rules We pay our tax our tax is used by the state to settle debts of state and the rest .This unwritten understanding allows society to dis guard their innate responsibility in the upkeep of those less able to survive in this cruel world . However it is a giving society when paralleled with other Western countries ;Care of the elderly and the handicapped is sacrosanct and yet on occasion this is put on the back burner to resolve trivial errors of budgetary accounting in other areas of the social sphere.
In this vast panoply of social benevolence is the rule that we contribute when we can and reluctantly at that but we will contribute to the measure of our capacity When the capisty is stretched we hope the society interprets this inability as merely a temporary glitch in our process through living Where we adopt the sentiment that our personal aims are indeed more important than the society from which we are sprung then we have a problem and all the more so because we are already the recipients of state assistance in whatever form . Conflict in society and in all democracies has been enshrined in English law acquired over centuries of