Wikipedia now says that being a working class Loyalist in Northern Ireland means that you use or “tacitly support violence.”
I have no doubt this definition was written by Republican propagandist but this begs the question how many other ridiculous claims are there on Wikipedia that people are claiming as fact.
A Loyalist by definition is someone who is loyal to the Monarch. It begins and ends there. The term does not denote the employment of any kind of violence or for that matter any kind of Political tool nor does it give a clue to your financial means or social status.
There is a lot to be learnt from this Wikipedia entry as it lists everything our enemies would like to think Ulster Loyalism is. They say it is a branch of British Nationalism. That it is an ethnic identity, that it is violent. The article also lists the TUV hinting at them being violently extreme and linked to terror.
The reality of Ulster Loyalism is that it has been around since the 16th century, not as the wiki states the 19th century. It is not an ethnic thing and has people from all sorts of backgrounds including mixed race people, half Chinese people, Jews and so forth. It tends not to be violent as well. There are something like 200,000 self identifying Loyalists with only something like 1500 having ever been involved in violence.
Again this is where they point to a minority and say the whole community is violent. Can you imagine a company labelling Jews or Muslims violent because of the conflict minorities from those backgrounds are involved in?
The metapolitic surrounding the whole bonfire thing is pretty interesting. We have a few different actors at play. Very few of whom have the PUL working class interest at heart.
Sinn Fein love the bonfires and huge funding schemes as the whole setup plays into the narrative they present to their international benefactors. They are able to take photographs of young people rooting around in embers and so on. They are also able to ask for equal amounts themselves.
The £500,000 to the bonfires is untrue in reality. This is quite a clever narrative really the anti-prod alliance councillors, the BBC, the PSNI and the green and yellow press are able to present any funding awarded to the PUL working class community as “diversion” money. So any money at all can be rolled up by the BBC etc as “Bonfire money.”
We should start calling the Nationalist community money “Diversion from bombing funds” or something to that effect. This is why we need our own media.
This is a form of Propaganda that is designed to further alienate Protestants and helps to ensure poverty and exasperation in the community.
We have seen how narrative and press bias has been used against Brexit, we need to wake up to how these Common Purpose Globalists want to use the same methods to destroy our communities.
On the question of funding and interference in PUL areas, it is ill advised. These kind of schemes end up replacing positive economic programs that almost always draw better attention from the populace.
We should have more tourist based events, specially in Areas like the Shankill where there is a lot of latent culture, culture that bad policy and almost universal adversarialism has suppressed.