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Ulster will surely fight

24 May 2013

May 23rd, 1913.

"ULSTER will fight:" of this there can be no question. Whether "Ulster will be right" is, at least, a matter for controversy. Sir Edward Carson's speech at the opening of a new drill-hall in Ulster, where men are to be trained to support with arms the Government that will now be set up if Home Rule becomes law for the rest of Ireland, leaves us in no doubt respecting the seriousness of the resistance to the Nationalist movement. Ministerialists pretend to believe that Sir Edward and his followers are merely playing, and we suppose they will keep up the pretence as long as they can. But when it comes to advising his Majesty to give his royal assent to the Bill, they will then have to consider whether Ulster shall be excluded from its provisions or shall be coerced by force of arms into submission. It is unimaginable that the British soldiery will be sent into Ulster to shoot down citizens who decline to be severed from the [UK] under an Act of Parliament which has never secured the approval of the electorate of Great Britain and Ireland, but has only succeeded in being passed in the House of Commons through a shameless compact, and while the Constitution is in abeyance. With the religious belief of the Ulstermen we have no sympathy; Orangeism we abhor. Nevertheless, on political grounds their claim is one which cannot with impunity be ignored.


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