There was only relatively minor trouble on Friday night as loyalists for the most part wisely paused their protests after the death of Prince Philip. Lobbing petrol bombs at police in Northern Ireland wouldn't be a good look as the Queen prepares to bury her husband.
It might well have got them onto the front pages of the UK papers, something all their rage and fury over the past week failed to do. Rory McIlroy inadvertently hitting his dad with a golf ball made the cut, but London was indifferent to the obstreperous sons of Ulster running riot on their home patch.
Britain really only pays heed when trouble crosses the Irish Sea. As journalist Neil Mackay noted: "If this violence was happening in Glasgow, Cardiff or London, coverage would be endless. There'd be public inquiries. But for Northern Ireland, silence."
How burning a bus on the Shankill, firing petrol bombs over the peace wall at Lanark Way, or attacking the police in Carrickfergus is going to axe the protocol is hard to see. Do loyalists think Boris Johnson, Michael Gove or any of the cabinet are actually concerned about these places or the people in them?
It is absurd and intrinsically wrong that a Translink driver, rank-and-file PSNI officers, or working-class nationalists living in interface areas should pay any price for a Brexit betrayal for which they bear absolutely no responsibility.
If loyalists are searching for somebody to blame, they need look no further than Downing Street and a DUP that was so blinded by Kodak moments from waltzing in and out of Number 10 that it failed to see the clear dangers on the horizon.
For a party which so often clings to the past, it casually discarded the lessons laid bare by history. In 1921, Sir Edward Carson said: "What a fool I was. I was only a puppet, and so was Ulster, and so was Ireland, in the political game that was to get the Conservative Party into power."
Why were those words not ringing in DUP ears every time they sat around the negotiating table with the Tories? Despite all the talk of the 'precious Union', it was always a classic case of unrequited love.
What happened should reinforce for unionists that to maintain the constitutional status quo they must reach out to people outside their own community here. Those are the relationships they need to build.
Violence erupting on the streets in Northern Ireland's centenary year is disastrous for proponents of preserving the state.
So the absence of unionist politicians on the ground trying to calm the situation is baffling. Why have we not seen MPs and MLAs on the streets in loyalist areas as we have in republican ones? Does their commitment to ending the violence not extend to more than a soundbite, or are they actually running scared of what they have helped whip up?
The potential for disaster, even accidentally, can't be underestimated. Some of the rioters clearly don't have two brain cells to rub together. Putting a hijacked bus in neutral to freewheel down a road was a spectacularly stupid act. It could easily have crushed a child in its path.
Lyra McKee's death in Derry almost two years ago was caused by the moronic recklessness of the New IRA. For another human life to be snuffed out for absolutely nothing would be unforgivable.