Damien Kiberd with a comprehensive review of comments in the last week from various southern commentators all hanging questions over the political re-unification of the island. But he argues:
The problem for these people is that Northern Catholics and republicans have not gone away. They are becoming increasingly self-confident. And they do not want to live under constant physical threat from the drugged-up unionist lumpenproletariat that thinks it can terrorise Catholic districts on an annual basis, safe in the knowledge that the number of arrests carried out by the PSNI will be minimal.