Arlene says ‘it’s dangerous to transfer to nationalists’, but without cross community transfering it’s just another standoff…

I can only assume from the demeanour of DUP friends that this latest statement comes in reaction to wisdom distilled from the doorsteps…

“It is dangerous to advocate supporting candidates who are Pro-United Ireland above preferences for fellow unionists. The greater the number of nationalist MLAs elected the stronger the push will be for a Border Poll.”

She then goes on to point out that neither the SDLP nor the UUP had enough candidates in this election to supplant either the DUP (nor, as it happens Sinn Fein). As David pointed out, the research suggests such patterns are still marginal.

By stark contrast, The Guardian in its leading article in today’s paper is calling for broader pragmatism:

A renewed stand-off seems inevitable, which might in turn trigger renewed direct rule.

…a stand-off would also be avoided if Northern Ireland’s voters prized the peace process highly enough to vote for parties that were more flexible about wanting it to work. Both the nationalist SDLP and the once mighty Ulster Unionists should offer that option, as the Alliance party does.

All should encourage second preference voting across sectarian lines in the proportional representation system. It is time for this to happen. It would open an encouraging new chapter for Northern Ireland if it did.

If there’s a better alternative, then surely it’s down to the Fresh Start parties to prove it? As The Guardian also observes:

[Stasis] could be avoided if the two main parties – or the UK government – wanted to avoid it badly enough. The problem right now is that they don’t.

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  • rg

    What does the S and the L stand for. Socialist and Labour to the core.

  • grumpy oul man

    “And a deep love of the United kingdom”
    I think back to many times that Unionists (including the DUP) have rebelled against the Sovereign goverment.
    And didn’t the DUP not play with the Idea of a Independant Northern Ireland?
    Doesnt sound like loyality.

  • grumpy oul man

    Its called democracy. I know you have problems with the concept.
    There are other people who live here apart from unionists,
    Nationlists also have rights and when they are in the majority they ( i am sure) will excerise those rights.
    This is the way the world works.
    I’m sure you will still be able to parade and all those other things you call culture but the anti social bits will have to go.

  • Guilty of Wrongthink

    Democracy is merely a means of a governance of a recognised people in a nation. It doesn’t exist without the nation existing first. What you are talking about is destroying a nation and eradicating an acknowledged people’s right to self-determination.

  • Guilty of Wrongthink

    Wikipedia…. eyes roll… The word was not invented by Loyalists and should be used more often. That some choose to be offended by using historically accurate terminology… good — BE offended.

  • Hugh Davison

    Didn’t you write this: “The Fenian desire to destroy the homeland of the Ulster-British people …”?

  • grumpy oul man

    No democracy is a process were through elections peoplexpick a party to rule them for a period of time.
    The people of any democratic country decide the future of that country and also gives the people the right to decide the future of a country.
    I have no idea were you got your strange description from but it bears no resemblance to the real world.