Monday, 23 July 2012

A nation is shaped by it's people - not it's leaders

I was thinking the other day that our politicians really are trying to kick the indigenous English, their culture & way of life into the long grass.

Indeed, most mainstream politicians wont even recognise an English race, but are more than happy to promote "Welshness & Scottishness".

They seem very quiet too on Northern Irish Protestants (who are mainly Scottish & English decent). The mainstream politicians try desperately to label them as Irish - however, nothing could be further from the truth.

Reading from a loyalist webpage called "The Ulster Nationality" - the truth cannot be denied. Characteristics & mannerism stand out a mile between the communities in Northern Ireland.

So, with this accepted we can now see how different ethnic groups on the British mainland will have their own differences. We are not all the same, each ethnic group will have it's own traits.

Here is a few highlights I copied from this ever so true webpage.

The Ulster Nationality

Whilst some confusion exists about their identity, even amongst themselves, the Ulster people, variously known as Ulidians, Ulster Scots or Ulster British, are a completely separate nationality from the Irish. The main reason why Ulster people do not want to be part of / be annexed by Ireland (the Republic of Ireland) is that they are not Irish. To Ulster people, Ireland is a foreign country with a culture and ethos alien to them. Irish nationalism is based on the mistaken premise that all on the island are one people / one nationality; this renders it fundamentally flawed.

Nationality can be defined as the origin, history, culture, heritage and identity of one people that gives them a different outlook from other peoples. Undeniably Ulster and Irish people are separate nationalities. Whilst ignored officially by Irish politicians, who pay lip service to Irish Nationalist myths that all on the island are one nationality, when tested the Irish recognise this undeniable fact. For example it has been alleged that during World War 2, Churchill offered the then Irish leader, Clan Chief (An Taiseoch) E. De Valera - a strident Republican - a united island if Ireland entered the war. This offer was rejected chiefy as De Valera did not want large numbers of Ulster people upsetting the Gaelic / Catholic ethos of Ireland that had been created; he innately recognised that Ulster people are not Irish.

19th century German and English travellers recognised that there were two peoples on the island. Politically this manifested itself in the two peoples going their own separate ways in 1920. Basically the Ulster people are descended from ancient Ulster, Gaelic, Viking, Norman, English, and Scottish peoples whose traits combine to give all Ulster people a unique Ulster identity. They are a different people from all others in the British Isles. This is true regardless of religion; Protestants and Catholics have more in common with each other than anyone else. It is true that many Catholics do regard themselves as Irish and Irishness is part of the make up of all Ulster people in the complex web of our nationality. However this is not true of the Irish who often regard all Ulster people equally as 'Black Northerners'.

Ulster people share a common heritage and shared identity. Ethnically they share they same gene pool whether today they may be dark and swarthy or the most fair of feature. The platation period saw towns develop with Scotch, Irish and English quarters - often of only a few streets. Clearly the people of these sectors intermarried over the centuries.

This point however has been lost historically through religio-political indoctrination and educational apartheid - Catholic and Protestant school children are for the most part educated separately in Ulster today. One of the major tragedies of Ulster is that one section of the Ulster people are indoctrinated into late nineteenth century myths in the catholic maintained education sector whilst the other section in the protestant state school sector is largely ignorant of it's own history. As has been said ignorance of history often causes it to be repeated and nowhere better exemplified is this than in Ulster.

US President James Buchanan (UlsteR Scots decendant 1857-61)-Shankill Road Wall Mural

What are the differing characteristic features of these two peoples?

The Irish are more musical, literary and artistic. Ulster people are more prone to industry than the arts.

The Irish are more confident vocally - they are more assertive in conversation than Ulster people who are more blunt of speech.

The Irish are more opinionated and confident; Ulster people are more reserved and shy to give opinions.

The Irish are more superstitious; Ulster people less so.

The Irish are more sensitive to criticism; Ulster people do not care for other peoples' opinions and what people think of them.

Morally issues for the Irish often appear to be ambivalent or grey areas; for Ulster people things are more black and white.

The Ulster people have a very independent streak and are more egalitarian in outlook, the Irish are more hierarchical - religion does play a part in these relative outlooks.

The Irish are more romantic and emotional - politically the heart often rules the head (e.g. the swift political swing to Republicanism after the executions following the 1916 Easter Rising by the Irish against British rule).

Ulster people are more practical, level headed and non-emotional.

The Irish would tend to be more frivolous financially, Ulster people more canny.

The Ulster and Irish peoples play different sports historically (the Irish 'Gaelic' games of hurley and Gaelic football).

They have different folk traditions in music (Irish Folk - bohran, tin whistle and Ulster / Orange Ballads - fife (flute), drum (lambeg), bagpipe, brass and accordion). There are different dance traditions and the two peoples have different languages.

Therefore they are separate peoples and whilst due to geographical proximity may share common features, they are as separate as Norwegians and Swedes or Spanish and Portuguese and no-one would argue these should unite as they share a geographical land mass.

This is a major source of confusion. People are prone to confuse geography and nationhood. It is peoples that make nations not geography.

So there you go, we are not all the same, whether we are indiginous British, Chinese decent, Pakistani decent, West Indian decent or whatever, we all have our own traits. It's a pitty our leaders fail to recognise this.

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