By which, the passive-aggressive Sinn Féin president actually means, the SDLP must join Sinn Féin in a sectarian electoral pact in “the next Westminster and Assembly elections”, and the year after that, and the year after that… because… themmuns!
To paraphrase, if Sinn Féin can get away with treating all future Northern Ireland elections as a
glorified pissing contest pseudo-referendum on ‘Irish Unity’, then we won’t be caught out distracted by actual politics in the north and we can focus all of our efforts and resources entirely on the south. [Partitionist! – Ed] Indeed.
Or, to put it another way, here’s a knife, cut your own throat, because if we get caught with a bloody knife… well, you know what they’ll say…
[What part of ‘No’ doesn’t he understand? – Ed] Indeed, again.