Jason O’Mahony - http://jasonomahony.ie/beware-the-new-fascism-you-might-not-even-recognise-it/ – has a superb cautionary note which is ultimately about the collapse of Western Democracy.
I would not, perhaps, have used the word “fascism” but I understand his point completely. Northern Ireland is far from unique in having governing parties who justify anything – including blatant breakdowns in the Rule of Law – to remain in power (and justify remaining in power solely on the grounds of stopping others having it).
I have long cautioned here that what began in 2007 was not an economic collapse but a democratic collapse. Mediterranean countries have led the way, but what is to stop everyone else following?