WAYNE GILMOUR is a 19-year-old unemployed Protestant from North Belfast. At school he studied Irish history as well as British, Irish and American politics. It was during this period that he became interested in the concept of an independent Ulster and started to research the idea.
He thought that independence was – politically and morally – the most logical way forward. Indeed, he views it as the only way that there may ever be some form of normality in Ulster.
Wayne describes his own political outlook as “a strange mix of socialism and conservative views.” He believes that everyone has the right to express their ideas – so long as they don’t deny this same right to others.
This is his very first article promoting his personal ideas relating to an independent Ulster. He is more than happy to debate his views – and provide (a no-holds barred) young working-class Protestant view on current events in Ulster.
Independence For Ulster?
The Ulster Independence flag – more correctly known as the Second Ulster National flag - is generally flown by those who support the concept of ‘Ulster a Nation.’ They want their nation to stand on its own two feet, free from the shackles of both Westminster and Dublin.
IN ALL aspects – politically, socially and economically – Ulster has been broken for many years. This is because our liberties and identity have been stripped away because of the Government’s perverted policy of enforcing ‘equality.’ Normality isn’t an option as we’re still divided. The same old Orange and Green (1) format remains.
Therefore I believe the only way to ensure a viable existence beyond the old arguments is to develop an Ulster identity – and to fight for our right to be a nation.
I would still describe myself as a Unionist/Ulster Loyalist. I still believe in maintaining the link with the Crown. However I don’t believe in blind religious hate. Nor do I like to see Ulster having to pander to Westminster or Dublin when all decisions should be made in Belfast.
I want to see a new dawn rising over the land I love so much. I’d like to see the many of the Hoods (2) who sit in power removed. So what is this Ulster nation I speak of? I’d like to see:
• An independent state under the crown. It would have full powers over its own affairs
• A place where people regard themselves as Ulidian (3) as opposed to British or Irish
• A free society where there is civil and religious liberty for ALL
• A place where Terror doesn’t gain you political authority
• A place where a set of traditions and values are maintained allowing a people to live in peace and gain a sense of ‘belonging’
• Full governmental accountability
• Freedom to maintain our own laws free from Dublin/Westminster involvement
• Ending political policing and scrapping all forms of Religious ‘affirmative action.’
In my view, if an Ulster nation were to rise, it would see the death of militant Irish republicanism whilst making loyalism safe in its ‘own house.’ And this would slowly normalise politics within Ulster.
Listed below are some of the publications and a web-site which have influenced my thinking:
• Ulster A Nation. Ulster Vanguard . 1972.
• Community of the British Isles. Ulster Vanguard . 1972
• Beyond The Religious Divide. New Ulster Political Research Group. 1979.
• Common Sense. Ulster Political Research Group. 1987.
(1) In Ulster the colours ‘Orange’ and ‘Green’ are used to denote someone’s religion and politics. Orange generally refers to a Protestant whilst ‘Green’ is used to describe a Catholic.
(2) A ‘Hood’ refers to a criminal or a gangster.
(3) Ulster is referred to in many ancient texts as Uladh, Ulaid and Ulidia. Some Ulster patriots prefer to use the phrase ‘Ulidian’ when describing the people of their land.