Charter debate: why unionists don't engage…

“It you build it they will come”. That was the suggestion from a speaker from the floor in Cork. Indeed the generally quiet nature of the dialogue on an all island Charter of Rights might suggest that this could be a legitimate approach. However you might demur. One unionist reader emailed this afternoon to explain why he’s not been drawn into the debate.

From Fair Deal

I have not responded or participated as I have a basic political objection to the All-Ireland basis of the discussion.

I believe in the equality of human beings and in equal citizenship within the United Kingdom therefore discussing an all-island charter simply leaves me cold.

Furthermore, my experiences of trying to work with the NIHRC have made me cyncial about the entire human rights industry, their attitude to Unionists and what they consider debate and consultation.

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