Friday 9 December 2016

The more things change, the more they stay the same - this time it's no different

Published 28/05/2015 | 02:30

Crowds gather for the results of the same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin
Castle last Saturday. Photo: Mark Condren
Crowds gather for the results of the same-sex marriage referendum at Dublin Castle last Saturday. Photo: Mark Condren

Social revolution should not be confused with a political putsch. Last September, 1.6 million Scottish voters voted Yes for independence. While being a minority of 44pc and suffering defeat, they still propelled Scottish politics towards fundamental change. It was a redefining moment of a people's identity, directly resulting in the Scottish National Party gaining 56 out of 59 MP seats.

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The patriotic fervour swept away all the UK mainstream parties of Conservatives, Labour and Lib Dems. Could last Friday's historic social revolution at the polls carry the same impulsion for a landslide result in next year's General Election? No way.

The great bubbles of euphoria around referendum results amongst establishment politicians/parties, media and civic groups need an urgent reality check as to what the results actually mean.

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