Unionist Unity has been a long term goal

A quick `google` shows Unionist unity talks have been going on for years contrary to recent media articles on the subject.
Here`s a link from 2003 on the BBC in which it is the UUP doing the courting. And another citing Rev Robert Coulter MLA in 2002. Alex Kane who has resigned from the UUP and penned an opinion piece in today`s News Letter wrote a similar, but less harsh piece on unionist unity in 2007.