Brian Feeney made a fascinating point – that with the rise of Sinn Fein and the DUP, Northern Ireland is likely the only polity in Western Europe whose two dominant parties are both rooted in the working class.
Sparked by a question from the floor, the panel returned to this with some passion.
Mick recalled a quip that middle class unionists went out to play golf in 1969 and never came back to politics. Has an apathy spread to the Nationalist community?
And could the middle class of both communities in fact be in effect colluding to put two parties in ascendance who will never deal with each other, ensuring direct rule in perpetuity?