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We are a typical colonial society

I AM surprised that, during our recent controversies, no-one has pointed out that the behaviour of a significant proportion of the unionist population is typical of a colonised native society; frustrated, fractious, under-achieving, under-educated and angry.

We have all been living through a classical colonial situation; the natives at each others' throats. This is the result of a successful policy of 'divide and rule'.

People like Viscount Castlereagh used tools such as, for example, Regium Donum to bring the Presbyterian clergy under control to separate themselves from their Catholic neighbours, the poor, despised Irish.

Why? To create tension and division in order to protect the hegemony of the 'Big House'.

GEORGE SMYTH

Bangor, Co Down

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