The reasons for the generally lower unionist turnout merit far closer examination. Apart from the TUV factor, in all the brief analyses I’ve read, the contradictory factors of hostility between the two unionist parties camps and the indifference of the so called garden centre set make it very difficult for unionism to set a united course.
But now that party coalitions are all the rage, might they not spare themselves some of the anguish by exploring whether a new and more benign UUUC (United Ulster Unionist Council ) might be legally allowable as a party under the St Andrews Act, when it comes to appointing a First Minister? Baby barristers, get to work!
Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London