Did you know that all the ‘people of Northern Ireland’ have the right to identify themselves and be accepted as Irish or British, or both, PLUS the right to hold both British and Irish citizenship which is accepted by both Governments and which would not be affected by any future change in the status of Northern Ireland? Well the Labour Government headed by Blair as Prime Minister, Irvine as Lord Chancellor and Brown as Chancellor of the Exchequer entered into this agreement with the Irish Government and other parties in April 1998.
These rights are set out in the Belfast Agreement otherwise known as the Good Friday Agreement which states under “CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES”:
Paragraph 1 The participants endorse the commitment made by the British and Irish Governments that, in a new British-Irish Agreement replacing the Anglo-Irish Agreement, they will:
(vi) recognise the birthright of all the people of Northern Ireland to identify themselves and be accepted as Irish or British, or both, as they may so choose, and accordingly confirm that their right to hold both British and Irish citizenship is accepted by both Governments and would not be affected by any future change in the status of Northern Ireland.
Gerry Adams & Martin McGuinness, both entitled to Irish & British citizenship
THE FULL TEXT OF THE AGREEMENT CAN BE SEEN HERE: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/136652/agreement.pdf
Despite all his tinkering with the UK’s constitution, neither Blair nor Brown gave us the right to identify ourselves and be accepted as English or British, rather than have just Britishness imposed on us!
“And there’s more!” in the immortal words of Jimmy Cricket!!!
Jimmy Cricket, Irish comedian
On 1st November 2006, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown MP, and Peter Hain, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, today met leading members of the Northern Ireland parties and set out a “funding package for the Northern Ireland Executive (NIE) worth £50 billion over the next ten years!” Yes, £50 billion for a population of less than 2 million. Indeed, it is recorded that the package includes “a four-year spending commitment rising in successive stages from £8 billion per year to £9.2 billion per year in 2010-2011, and that “This commitment totals £35 billion, including capital spending and is equivalent to over £50,000 per household; PLUS “an updated strategic capital investment plan totalling £18 billion over the period 2005 to 2017”.
THE FULL TEXT OF THE FUNDING PACKAGE CAN BE SEEN HERE: http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/issues/politics/docs/pmo/gb011106.htm
Remember these facts, these actions carried out by Scots ostensibly in our name, when next you encounter the effects of cuts imposed by the ‘nasty party’ by reason of the vast debts ratcheted up by a coterie of Scottish bankers prior to September 2008!