Unionists are complaining that they are not being listened to.
1921 - 1974 Old Stormont Regime - Complaints made about Unionist govt by Nationalists, Liberals & NI Labour.
Unionist response - "We're the majority. You Taigs & Lundys have to (cont'd 1) bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northe…
"dry your eyes, stop whinging and suck it up!"
1974 - 1997
Attempts to make a fair settlement in NI based on Consent of the whole community.
Unionist response -
"We're the majority you Taigs & Lundys should dry your eyes, suck it up and accept the solution we want" (cont'd 2)
1997 - 2006
UUP position - "OK, we accept the GFA and Consent but we're still the majority & in any disputes the Nationalists and Alliance have to accept what we want, dry their eyes, stop whinging & suck it up."
DUP - "The GFA is a betrayal! We're the majority so the (cont'd 3)
Taigs & Lundys should just dry their eyes, stop whinging & suck it up! "
2006 - 2016
DUP -"OK we accept the GFA & St Andrews Agreement on Consent but don't dare criticise us or expect us to listen because we're the majority & you Taigs & Lundys should just (cont'd 4)
"Dry your eyes, stop whinging & suck it up!"
UUP - sometimes post-GFA response, sometimes the same as the DUP.
Post Brexit referendum & 2017 Assembly election.
Alliance & others - "Look Brexit is going to cause real problems for NI. Either their will be a hard border (cont'd 5)
"on the island of Ireland or more likely the EU will back Ireland & the Tories will accept a Customs border down the Irish Sea in order to make sure that GB (England) will get the Hard Brexit they want."
DUP & UUP - "We're the majority ("Ah, no you're not"). (cont'd 6)
"Well, we won the referendum so you Taigs & Remoaners should stop project fear, dry your eyes, stop whinging, & suck it up!"
Before Boris shafts the Unionists by not giving them a veto on the continuation of the NI Protocol.
Alliance & others - "Look this is better (cont'd 7)
"no-deal but you do realise that Theresa May's deal was better & that Boris will still shaft you to get the Hard Brexit he wants?"
DUP & UUP - "No Boris & the Tories will stand by us and anyway. You lost the referendum so you Taigs & Remoaners should dry your eyes (cont'd 8)
"stop whinging & suck it up!"
After 2019 election & Withdrawal Agreement Bill.
DUP & UUP - "We've been screwed over." (Alliance & others - "Yeah we told you that would happen.") So everybody else should listen to us & give us what we want even though we have no alternative!" 9
So after not listening to anyone else for probably 85 - 90 of the last 100 years Unionists are using the principle of Consent & the GFA to say that they should be listened to & get their way no matter what.
A bit of humility & contrition would be appropriate. Ends

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