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43% ‘would vote for a united Ireland tomorrow’

As any book lover knows all too well, it always pays to read to the end. There’s some fascinating stat-nuggets in the recent University of Liverpool/Irish News polling, which showed Sinn Fein extending its lead to 10% over the DUP if fresh assembly elections were held tomorrow. The main thing that caught my eye, however, […]

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A Union of consent, or coercion?

Willing to survive the sweltering heat of central London, ensconced in one of the air-conditioned committee rooms in Portcullis House, I was thwarted only by the possibility of melting railway lines from attending this week’s discussion in the Palace of Westminster. If I had been able to attend and participate, as billed, alongside Sinn Fein’s […]

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Sinn Fein understands that presentation matters

As a PR type, I always shudder at those images of stern-looking middle-aged blokes stood behind one or other of Northern Ireland’s political leaders while they conduct a television interview. An equal opportunities criticism to be sure given all the parties do it. Its fine when its your negotiating team heading into talks, but as […]

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When it comes to Irish unity, the SDLP needs to raise its game

‘The SDLP’s nationalist, no question about,’ said the party’s South Belfast MP, Claire Hanna, responding to this website’s editor at an ‘Ireland’s Future’ event in the House of Commons last night. Kevin Rooney asked if it was still accurate to include them in a tally of parties committed to Irish unity. A reasonable question, given […]

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Three developments that feel significant

There are decades when nothing happens, Lenin famously observed, and weeks when decades happen. It’s a pretty good rule for understanding Irish history, with long periods of statis punctuated by dramatic events. Think of the period between 1798 and 1803 – with a brace of Irish revolutions, or between 1916 and 1921, with another two. […]

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The Problem with the Protocol is the Union

Peter Ramsay argues that the crisis of Ulster Unionism presents an opportunity for British democracy to demonstrate the world-historical power of national sovereignty. Our tragedy is that there is no political force in Britain able to seize it. Sinn Fein’s victory in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections marks a historical turning point. For the first […]

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Just 5,000 votes separate pro-UK and pro-Irish unity parties

I had intended to jump straight on the voting figures from last week’s elections and tot-up what they meant, vis-à-vis Irish unity. I have to say that I am indebted to Daithí McKay for beating me to it and saving me the arduous task (and eye strain) of ploughing through yet more tables of figures. […]

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So, is the government going to suspend the Protocol or what?

‘Don’t touch this’ sounds like an instruction to punters in a pole dancing club, but it is also advice to Boris Johnson from the Belgian PM, Alexander De Croo. Responding to continued speculation that British ministers are preparing unilateral measures to rescind parts of the Protocol, the Belgian prime minister said the EU’s message was […]

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The British media’s reaction to Sinn Fein’s victory will help to normalise Irish unity

‘I’ve never known anyone better at blowing their own arse off than the DUP,’ wrote i columnist, Ian Dunt, on Twitter yesterday, after it was clear that Jeffrey Donaldson’s party had lost the assembly election.  ‘An object [sic] lesson in enthusiastic self-annihilation.’ Piers Morgan, who needs little introduction, garnered thousands of likes and retweets by […]

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The strange death of the government’s anti-Protocol Bill

First it was there, and then it was not. The government confirmed last month that it would bring forward a Bill in the new session of parliament enabling it to override parts of the Northern Ireland Protocol. The Financial Times broke the story two weeks ago that the Bill would give ministers ‘sweeping powers to […]