Yet again unionism, under the DUP, entered negotiations without any real aim or objective and came out with nothing.
The Stormont House Agreement allegedly resolved three key issues: welfare reform, the past, and flags but in reality it did nothing of the sort.
Beginning with Welfare Reform: clearly the solution worked out at Stormont can be summed up as mortgaging Northern Ireland’s future to save Sinn Fein’s blushes. The Agreement accepts the Sinn Fein principle, ‘the only welfare reform that is acceptable is one that maintains the current welfare system intact’.
So as the rest of the UK tackles the culture of welfare reliance, Northern Ireland maintains it, and at what cost? Northern Ireland’s financial future.
As for the past, the DUP has been suckered into accepting a one sided truth commission. This “Independent Commission on Information Retrieval” will offer amnesties for terrorists, whilst subjecting the real victims to a reinvented version of history, where noble republican aims were pursued, reluctantly through violence because no alternative existed.
Truth becomes the casualty of political expediency and the voice of real victims will be lost in the justification of the IRA’s bloody campaign.
Turning to Flags and emblems, again the DUP have been conned. Here another “commission” is proposed, made up of a minority of politicians bolstered by the good and the great.
And to what end? Well, since Sinn Fein’s objective is to create a constitutionally neutral Northern Ireland, technically part of the UK but without allegiance or identity, this will be the Commission’s work.
Be under no illusion, once this Commission produces its majority report, the neutralisation of Northern Ireland will be enforced because the “Stormont House Agreement” was accepted by the DUP.
Finally I turn to parading; in reality I don’t actually need to say anything, the actions of the Secretary of State eloquently say all that is needed. The DUP have been shafted. Clearly Peter Robinson and his colleagues have been treated with contempt but that is the story of the “Stormont House Agreement” and Ms Villiers isn’t hiding it.
Ultimately, any unionist that accepts or promotes the so called “Stormont House Agreement” can only be doing so out of selfish financial self-preservation. There is nothing in this deal for unionism except humiliation; in fact there is nothing in this deal for Northern Ireland except disaster.