Colin Harvey examines some of the drawbacks for Irish Nationalism in following a purely nationalist (ie exclusivist) route in politics. He notes however that in terms of Northern Ireland that so-called Nationalist politics has largely adopted social democratic views on a range of issues. He argues that nationalism needs to concentrate on delivery of rights for all (even Unionists), if it is ever to win it’s longer term democratic argument about the constitutional future of the state.
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