‘Irish Out’ campaign reveals wider failure to grasp ‘new’ politics

So David McNarry’s attempt to out-do the DUP in terms of public contempt for the Irish language has come a cropper at the first hurdle, illustrating in the process to unionists and nationalists alike just why power-sharing mechanisms will be required at Stormont for a very long time to come. Yet, taken with the DUP’s pronouncements that the party will not support an Irish language Act, do the antics of McNarry illustrate a failure of some unionist politicians to grasp the quid pro quo consequences of the mutual veto era now upon us? Put simply, if unionists are to maintain the publicly stated position of being implacably opposed to such legislation, just what are they willing to sacrifice as a consequence?


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