- Dec 8, 2009
Unfortunately to make all these plans you need cooperation. What seems to be happening is a blank denial of reality by unionist politicians with each being afraid of the Lundy tag. Therefore no-one will talk about the elephant in the room. So the nationalists make plans and then get accused of exclusion. When unionists are invited to participate they refuse as if by acknowledging the elephant it will become real.Yes -in fact 'twas your good self who first suggested that if we all wanted a higher threshold for a referendum then it could be the subject of a negotiation in which large concessions towards a united Ireland could be introduced in return for Nationalist consent for a sixty per cent Border Poll result. I think it would be a particularly good answer in these Brexit times which allowed NI very special status in the EU and UK while putting it firmly back in the Irish set up and at the same time giving a Unionist veto over full unity. It would be a half way house which might suit Nationalists very well and long term unity would be a near certainty. Can't see the Duppers going for it but those boys have been sailing close to the wind and are due a soaking and maybe that will wake them up.
BTW I don't want to change the 50+1 at all. I happen to believe that 50+1 will not happen without a substantial level of Protestant acceptance anyway. I believe that people in NI in both camps will be able to sense the change of atmosphere in which a poll result would not lead to too much trouble. But I might not be right and I believe in the conciliatory approach anyway. It will always make it better even if it's not entirely necessary.