Democracy or dependency?

Tom Griffin has picked up on my Guardian piece on the questions facing the Northern Irish economy, and puts it the context of a changing discourse around devolution. He believes the choice is between continuing dependency on the central UK exchequer, or self determination. It is a situation inherently favourable to nationalism, because he argues, “the choice for self-determination which is at the root of the nationalist ethos.” That said, only the DUP seem to have anticipated the need for fiscal control in the approach to the water rates issue.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty