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Another election could turn tide for unionists

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire's warning that another election could be on the cards unless the parties agree a deal, rather than being a stick, might well be welcomed by unionists.

The recent electoral outing saw the hoped-for shift towards so-called middle-ground politics rejected. If there is an election, the pendulum may well swing in the DUP's favour.

Despite Sinn Fein's battle-cry of equality, respect and justice, it must clearly be on their terms. For many unionists with a bitter memory of the Troubles, Sinn Fein's lack of respect for victims and revisionist agenda sticks in the craw. So does the DUP's arrogance and morally superior politics.

With the vote margin now so narrow between these two parties, in a snap election many pro-Union voters may abandon the middle ground, hold their nose and vote DUP.

If James Brokenshire wants an even more polarised political outcome, where a deal must still be reached afterwards, calling a snap election might just deliver that result to him.

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