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Border poll

“No one party or leader will unite this country…”

Tue 9 July 2013, 11:54am

Tweet David McCann with a republican view on why Sinn Fein’s calls for a border poll in the near future are undermining any long game chances of achieving a unified island: The old republican strategy of ‘It doesn’t matter whether you win or lose but how you’ve played the game’ is precisely why we have […] more »

Ignoring the small issue of a border poll, what might a new united Ireland be like?

Mon 11 February 2013, 8:30pm

Tweet (This should have appeared early on Friday morning – until the gremlins got in the way.) Last week, before the release of the BBC NI Spotlight poll, I talked to a local MLA about the concept of a new Ireland. Over the last few months there has been an increasing level of chatter analysing […] more »

Spotlight Poll: A ‘crisis’ of widespread political mislabelling?

Wed 6 February 2013, 5:06pm

Tweet It says something about how little parties in Northern Ireland spend talking to their voters that last night’s findings (full data here) seem to have knocked all of the parties back on their heels last night. It was a bit like an old fashioned Dimbleby election night show only one where every single party […] more »

“a 65% to 17% majority for Northern Ireland remaining in the UK suggests little room for doubt.”

Tue 5 February 2013, 11:49pm

Tweet From the conversation on BBC NI Spotlight tonight there are challenges for all the political parties in the results of the polling by Ipsos Mori.  But here are the reported results on the constitutional question. Not surprisingly, more than 90% of those who identify themselves as Protestants told the pollsters they wanted to stay […] more »

Exclusive: Ian Paisley’s belated acknowledgment of David Trimble’s legacy: the principle of Consent…

Fri 25 January 2013, 12:08pm

Tweet Now, this is interesting. No really, it is. And for a couple reasons. One is what it says. And two, though I am not sure whether it made the print edition of today’s Belfast News Letter, that it was only on the site for about a hour last night before it disappeared. It’s Doctor […] more »

Sinn Fein’s ‘creative accountancy’ over funding the gap for a United Ireland

Fri 25 January 2013, 11:30am

Tweet So, briefly, Newton Emerson gives us confirmation of what you probably already knew from listening to Gerry Adams talking to Tara Mills in last week’s big interview on Sinn Fein’s #BorderPoll. That is that the party’s figures simply do not add up. In yesterday’s Irish News he noted: It is true that DFP’s last […] more »

Why a #BorderPoll ill-serves the cause of a united island

Thu 24 January 2013, 11:50am

Tweet “I live in terror of not being misunderstood.” From The Critic as Artist, by Oscar Wilde So, what is a reasonable, even a Nationalist, objection to the calling of a Border Poll in the next parliamentary term north and south? The most obvious is that from what we know of the current public will […] more »

We could be entering an era of referendum politics. Will it be destructive or creative?

Sat 19 January 2013, 8:56pm

Tweet Sinn Fein’s very reason for existing requires that they will call for a border poll during the life time of the 2015-19 Assembly. The tactic is about more than bravado. SF can afford to lose one poll and yet do well enough for another to be called within the prescribed seven years. It might […] more »

Border Poll: On the one road, maybe the wrong road, on the road to god knows where?

Fri 18 January 2013, 1:02pm
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Tweet The best bit from last night’s The View was undoubtedly Stephen Walker’s report on a future border poll. He usefully revisits the last one in 1973, which was about as bogus as they come. Just over 6000 people voted for taking Northern Ireland of the UK back then, because most nationalists boycotted it. The […] more »

That ol’ tune again

Fri 4 January 2013, 1:22am

Tweet There’s talk of a triple-dip recession, unemployment is still scarily high, fiscal austerity is biting and we’re now talking about that again… Captions welcomed! more »

Aaron & Brian’s Sunday View: the Census

Sun 16 December 2012, 5:50pm
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Tweet   The Irish Times led with, ‘There are just 54,000 more people from a Protestant background than from a Catholic one in Northern Ireland’. The headline figure, that most papers and the media noticed, was that the gap between Protestants and Catholics had narrowed to 3 per cent in the recent statistics released from […] more »

“[The DUP] had come to terms with what it has done since 2003…”

Fri 30 November 2012, 12:38pm

Tweet So, why not. Let’s have another go at the Catholic Unionist trope that’s been doing the rounds. Gareth Gordon looks at the idea of Unionist Catholics, or unicorns as Alex Kane once put it. Of all the respondents in this piece, Steven McCaffrey of The Detail is the one that has it down pat. […] more »

Sinn Fein does not expect to win a border poll but would relish the opportunity for a public conversation…

Thu 15 March 2012, 7:29pm

Tweet listen to ‘Martina Anderson says republicans don’t believe a border poll now will bring about a united Ireland’ on Audioboo UUC Journalism student David Thompson interviewed Derry based Sinn Fein MLA Martina Anderson yesterday and got some very interesting and candid thoughts about the party’s position on the kind of border poll Gerry Adams […] more »

“We cannot impose; this has to come from within Northern Ireland.”

Sat 10 March 2012, 7:05pm

Tweet Nothing in politics, nor in life, is “inevitable” [except death and taxes! - Ed] Indeed.  That includes a “border poll” – despite the protestations of the former International Representative for West Belfast, then temporary Crown Steward, now Louth TD, and Sinn Féin president, Gerry Adams.  The Irish Times reports his latest outburst “A border poll is […] more »

Case for unification: “I sense that republicans don’t actually know the answer themselves”

Mon 13 February 2012, 11:00am

Tweet On the subject of polls, I’d blogged Owen Paterson’s thoughts before Alex Kane’s column came online: My own view is that this is the perfect time for a referendum. Bring it on, in fact! In 1973 we never got the chance to have a proper debate about the realities, consequences and ramifications of Irish […] more »

Owen Paterson: No popular demand for a border poll…

Mon 13 February 2012, 7:09am

Tweet Owen Paterson, it seems, is not exactly inundated with letters, phone calls and emails looking for a border poll of the type Martin McGuinness was musing on a few weeks back… Last year, 73 per cent of respondents to an opinion poll in Northern Ireland said they wanted the region to remain a part […] more »

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