Tuesday, March 06, 2007

We as a nation deserve to exist...

An open letter to the politicians of Northern Ireland
as requested at the last society meeting.

Dear Messrs,

In years gone by we have seen great change in the identity portrayed by the people of Northern Ireland. We have seen our identity of ‘Britishness’ follow a steep and narrow road.

The symbols of our nation have been removed and dismantled to make way for a greater sense of ‘Irishness’, now alien to this province.

We ask you in your endeavours to reverse this change. The Britons of Ulster are more than just a geographic entity; they are a nation of peoples, separate and distinct from the ‘Irish’ nation, yet part of a greater British nation.

This Ulster-Britishness must be preserved and protected, and not allowed to be subjugated under the cultural fascism of Ireland.

Northern Ireland’s identity is under threat with the Irish Language Act, as proposed under the St. Andrew’s Agreement (2006). Whilst we acknowledge that this was an agreement between our government and that of the Irish Republic, we do not believe it is to the benefit of the British population in Ulster. It will only act as a further tool, used by the nationalist population of Ulster, to create and advance a distinct and separate ‘Irish’ identity.

Caution also has to be upheld to advancing North-South bodies. Any such bodies must not be used to further undermine our Ulster-British identity.

Our politicians, while using North-South bodies to enhance the well-being of peoples of both nations, must not allow Ulster to be submerged into an all-Ireland identity which has never existed.

For thousands of years Ulster has been separated geographically and culturally from the rest of the island.

We as a nation deserve to exist and be respected.

Yours faithfully,

The President, Officers, Fellows and Members of the Ulster Society of The Queen’s University of Belfast

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