Saturday 18 November 2017

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

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
Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

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.

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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