One Hundred years ago yesterday the Ulster Covenant was signed by the loyal Unionists in Belfast. An event celebrated today by numerous marches. I would like to wish our Ulster brethren our best wishes and continued support on this great celebration.
The Ulster Covenant was signed by 471,414 men and women on and before 28th September 1912, in protest against the Third Home Rule Bill.
Key signatories of the Covenent were Sir Edward Carson, Lord Londonderry and Sir William Craig. A British Covenent signed in 1914 received 2 million signatures.
The Ulster Volunteers planned to recruit 100,000 men to defend Ulster.
The Ulster Covenent was in two parts, for men and women, the full text can be found here
The great Imperialist, Nationalist and Freemason Rudyard Kipling wrote the following poem:
("Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of inquity and the act of violence is in their hands." -- Isaiah lix. 6.)
The dark eleventh hour Draws on and sees us sold To every evil power We fought against of old. Rebellion, rapine hate Oppression, wrong and greed Are loosed to rule our fate, By England's act and deed.
The Faith in which we stand, The laws we made and guard, Our honour, lives, and land Are given for reward To Murder done by night, To Treason taught by day, To folly, sloth, and spite, And we are thrust away.
The blood our fathers spilt, Our love, our toils, our pains, Are counted us for guilt, And only bind our chains. Before an Empire's eyes The traitor claims his price. What need of further lies? We are the sacrifice.
We asked no more than leave To reap where we had sown, Through good and ill to cleave To our own flag and throne. Now England's shot and steel Beneath that flag must show How loyal hearts should kneel To England's oldest foe.
We know the war prepared On every peaceful home, We know the hells declared For such as serve not Rome -- The terror, threats, and dread In market, hearth, and field -- We know, when all is said, We perish if we yield.
Believe, we dare not boast, Believe, we do not fear -- We stand to pay the cost In all that men hold dear. What answer from the North? One Law, one Land, one Throne.
If England drive us forth We shall not fall alone!
The Ulster Covnent was reproduced in 1955 when 33,000 native British signed a similar document against South Africa becoming a republic.
There will come a time when the men of Britain (those that are left) will have to sign a similar document and stand tall against the forces of darkness.
Of course the Ulster Unionists were betrayed on the Somme, and at various times up to the ultimate betrayal of the Anglo Irish Agreement.
The Irish Socialists of Sinn Fein think they have won and just sit back and let demography do its work.
Rest assured that there are many true patriots in the Union who would fight for Ulster against a united Ireland.