I’ve just read a mammoth thread over at Slugger, (almost 700 comments, no less), by a bloke named Choya which for me articulately lays out a considered, reasoned, pragmatic strategy of how unionism should respond to the debate regarding the Border Poll which increasingly is gaining traction and the poll itself, which is very
likely possible in the near future.
Now, the interesting thing here for me is that according to Choya’s Slugger bio he’s a Fermanagh Orangeman and the reaction of ‘grassroots loyalism’ (this is normally a self proclaimed title for those ‘commentators’ with an internet connection and a Twitter account and who are ‘close to the thinking of loyalist paramilitaries’ but who have absolutely no mandate, electoral or otherwise), who have accused him at worst of of being a SF plant, a Republican agent provocateur, fifth columinist etc and at best general Lundyism:
Despite his identity being confirmed by a T.E. Lawerence who, judging by his prolific comments on SOT, is himself a hardline unionist:
Now, what gets me is that if these ‘grassroots loyalists’ don’t like their ideological entrenchment and sentimental hegemony being challenged from within their own community why not simply lay out a counter argument to Choya’s analysis rather than resorting to an attempted character assasination by argumentum ad Ignorantiam. It’s almost as if they are bereft of counter argument and are attempting to deflect by ad hom.
I mean, who do they think they are? Donald Trump?