Though there was some derision at the appointment of Martina Anderson as Sinn Fein’s ‘point woman’ on Unionism, there is, some argue, in comparative termsat least little concerted attempt to reciprocate. Johnny Andrews argues that the context for long term debate has changed. Even Sinn Fein, he argues, recognises that Northern Ireland is a much more meritocratic society. The Union he believe is safe. Therefore, it is time for Unionists to begin to seriously court the direct votes of Catholics.