Owen Paterson: No popular demand for a border poll…

Owen Paterson, it seems, is not exactly inundated with letters, phone calls and emails looking for a border poll of the type Martin McGuinness was musing on a few weeks back…

Last year, 73 per cent of respondents to an opinion poll in Northern Ireland said they wanted the region to remain a part of the UK. The Life and Times survey published in June 2011 found 52 per cent of Catholics living in Northern Ireland wanted the union to continue, compared with a third who favoured a united Ireland.

Yeah, well, maybe Martin, contra his own advice, was getting carried away with all the talk of referenda in Scotland, and was looking to add a handy piece of psychological pressure to Micheal Martin in the south with talk of bigger, more meaningful subjects than giving constitutional effect to a fiscal compact the govt has largely already signed up to?