Defining ‘the Shared Future’

The words ‘shared future’ have entered our parochial political lexicon in recent years, through official government policies and political statements from elected representatives across the board. Earlier this week, several Protestant clergymen in north Belfast spoke out about their concerns that the new Executive was failing to deliver on the promise of ‘a shared future,’ though their criticism of the Executive’s emphasis on equality immediately positioned them (fairly or otherwise) on the unionist side of the spectrum regarding the developing debate of where equality fits in with ‘the shared future.’

Today, the DUP in Limavady railed against attempts to make the civic offices in the borough a neutral working environment for everyone, arguing that such moves were contrary to ‘the shared future.’

As in the laboured discussion about the ‘war’/ ‘conflict’/ ‘terrorist/ liberation campaign,’ I’m convinced that ‘the shared future’ means something considerably different to people from across the political divide. Perhaps not…

All of which brings me to the question: just what does ‘the Shared Future’ look like to you, readers?

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