As I have said many times, the Decade of Half Centenaries is much more relevant than the so-called Decade of Centenaries that the Conflict Resolutionists obliged us to commemorate in a futile attempt to tell us that we have a “shared history”.
Just two months after Bloody Sunday …28th March 1972, the British Government abolished Stormont and imposed Direct Rule from Westminster.
Tens of thousands of unionists and loyalists went to the Stormont estate to protest and show support for the deposed unionist government.
I saw hardly any mention of this on Monday…the 50th anniversary.
Direct Rule in 1972 led to fresh elections in 1973 and months of negotiation to set up a power-sharing Executive (UUP, SDLP, Alliance) which lasted less than six months before being deposed by loyalist protests.
Norn Iron was without a government from the summer of 1974 thru to after 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
So….it is ironic that fifty years after those loyalists protested at Direct Rule, the DUP are talking about not participating in government after the elections in just five weeks time.
And we might have…Direct Rule.