Spectator regular Leo McKinstry finds it easier to relax in Belfast when he comes home for the odd visit than he does in “the crime-ridden, congestion-filled, downtrodden, overpriced, overtaxed, self-loathing bleakness of New Labour’s modern England for a more self-confident, attractive, prosperous part of the British Isles”.He also believes that Unionists up to now have been wilfully ignoring the advantages that the Belfast Agreement brought them:
“If they examined the peace process with objectivity rather than through the prism of perpetual grievance, they would recognise that they have won almost everything they want. Northern Ireland remains part of the United Kingdom as long as the majority wishes it and the border remains intact. The pillar boxes are still painted red; the Queen’s head is still on Ulster stamps. In reality, it is the Republican movement that has given up its most cherished goals”.