With over 30 years of conflict between each side and the oppression of a side (yes im a protestant and I agree that the catholics where oppressed) we
have evolved into a mini utopia where we are free from the government.
This all came about because of the catholics and I take my hat off to them.
The "civil war" in N.Ireland came about because the British protestants oppressed the rights of catholics and to a certain extent made a two tier
community, where protestants thrived with the pick of jobs and other civil libertys and the catholics had to take a step back.
The "civil war" kicked off and the struggle was on for the catholics to gain more power in the country and eventually be united with what they
belived to be home Ireland.
I will not go into the war in detail as this is counter productive and in the past. The catholics have achieved a muct better future for us as a
whole and again i cannot praise them enought.
So we in this country have achieved what i would like to think of a mini utopia.
During the "Civil war" certian groups where made to fight each other and the governemnt forces.
With these forces came rules and what i like to think of as a general understanding with every citizen in Northern Ireland, not only that but the
bases of how we our counrty is today.
The police no longer come into housing estates, they are still afraid in some cases and in other are simply not wanted.
So this led to the IRA/UDA patrolling their areas at night to look for catholics/protestants/government agents and generally playing soilder in their
With this going on people where told not to ring the police as the would look like a
(number 4) and with the police no longer patrolling your area, the
IRA/UDA would simply kick you out of the estate and you would be told not to come back. The police couldent do anything because they couldent protect
you in your own house so the onus came to the UDA/IRA to look after the rights of people in the estate.
The UDA/IRA became police forces in them selves but where diffrent to the police because they volunteered to patrol their estate and to look after
their estate. This was a time where there was alot of fighting and people believed in the IRA/UDA to protect them and their family from the opposing
side gaining alot of trust and respect in estates, they where people you dident mess with and their words could cast a great shaddow over you or your
Quite simply they dident mess around, they dident stand for anti social behaviour, they dident stand for crimes against the people in their estates
and they dident stand for oppression in any form. With this bought alot problems for government forces in any form, even to day they still linger on
after the war was fought.
*The local govermernt cannot enforce alot of laws because they would start riots.
*This country has been brought up to start riots when they feel oppressed
*This country has been brought up not to trust the police
*This country has been brought up in the value that you can do what you want and give the finger to the authorities or that its OK to run at the sign
*This is a country that would not see its self oppressed by anyone or anything and would rather die than to live in an oppresssed state.
*This counrty has the NHS, benefits for the sick and social housing for the poor.
*This counrty has a government that represents its people and even their words can spark outrage and riots we live in a counrty thats leaders are held
to account for everything and the best of it is they HAVE to work for the people because our country is so small, word of mouth can sink a leader.
Because all these factors have trickled down over time and into future generations we have adopted the old laws of the land but with no more riots
between sides or the the police. We still however live in a country where the IRA/UDA still carry wight and the police still stay out of estates
because no one is a tout.
We still would knock out a traffic warden and think nothing of it because he's being a di*k and working for the man. The banks cant touch us here
because we do not have bailifs as we are to violent to them as they are working for the "man".
This in short is why I tip my hats to the Catholic/Republican people for starting a war to stop being oppressed which has in turn freed us all from
governments and their croonies.
Michael McClenaghan and you couldent get more protestant than me or my family.