Ulster – The Simple History

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.

Gitating for Irish annexation of Ulster with the resultant political instability.


DEMOCRACY AND POLITICS


It is the democratic will of Ulster people to remain separate from the Irish nation. This point is now internationally recognised (officially) and is known as the ‘consent principle’- established in treaties between the British and Irish governments.

A majority of voters in Ulster vote to remain part of the United Kingdom by voting for unionist parties. These voters include many Catholics. Indeed polls consistently show that 50% of those voting for nationalist parties would not vote to leave the UK. One reason for this is the fact that Ulster benefits from high UK public expenditure levels. A lot of this nationalist voting is misguided and done on an identity basis. Interestingly polls on identity show a high consensus that Ulster people – both unionist and nationalist voters – see themselves as uniquely ‘Northern Irish’ – before being British or Irish. This substantiates the existence of a separate Ulster identity.

The fact that the majority of Ulster people vote for unionist parties – parties supporting union with Great Britain (i.e. remaining in the United Kingdom) – often leads to confusion and misunderstanding. At a deeper analysis the primary political objective of the Ulster people is to retain their unfettered right to national self-determination, rather than maintenance of the Union. In this sense Ulster people are essentially nationalist – i.e. Ulster Nationalist; their allegiance is to Ulster. The primary loyalty of Ulster people is to Ulster, secondly to the Crown and thirdly to Westminster. This point again is often misunderstood by so called experts who cannot fathom why Ulster people, who claim loyalty to Westminster, often defy Westminster legislation. This is because it is often contrary to the best interests of Ulster people and their primary objective politically – i.e. maintenance of their right to national self-determination.

Promotion of Demonstration Against Home Rule 1912

This point is often lost on Irish republicans who believe that they can achieve their objective by coercing the British government into handing over Ulster to Ireland. This again is flawed. The destiny of Ulster in the final analysis will be for the Ulster people to determine. Even in such a doomsday scenario of the UK government trying to cede Ulster, the Ulster people would seize control of the country and remain independent. If this was after a war and Ulster ended up with reduced borders so be it; peoples determine borders and these are not immutable. An all island state is not now and never will be an option.

The Ulster people’s only crime is a wish to remain a separate people in peace and prosperity within the United Kingdom. For this and because this is misunderstood the Ulster people are generally pilloried and vilified the world over.

Far better for these people to understand the Ulster saying painted onto many an Orange Arch, that echoes politically the very core of the Ulster psyche – “We will never forsake the Blue skies of Ulster for the grey mists of an Irish Republic”.


“If defeated everywhere else, I will make my final stand for liberty with the Scotch-Irish (Ulster-Scots) of my native Virginia…” George Washington, 1st US President 1789- 1797

“My Scotch-Irish (Ulster Scot) blood is my most precious heritage” James Buchanan, 15th US President 1857 – 1861

“My forefathers were…the men who had followed Cromwell and who shared in the defence of Derry, and in the victories of *Aughrim and the Boyne…”. Theodore Roosevelt 26th US President 1901 – 1904

“I am not an Ulsterman but yesterday, the 1st July 1916, as I followed their amazing attack, I felt that I would rather be an Ulsterman than anything else in the world. Cpt. W Spender  1876 – 1960

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