Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Are we really a nation then?

There is talk of a new 'national' stadium for Northern Ireland at Windsor Park.

This presupposes that Northern Ireland is, in fact, a nation.

For a nation to be a nation, it must have the support of its entire population for its constitution.

Here the UK constitution has only the support of a marginal Protestant majority and is rejected by a significant Catholic minority.

Since the people are divided over the constitution on sectarian grounds, surely Northern Ireland doesn't qualify as a nation. I await any suggestions otherwise.

MICHAEL GILLESPIE

Derry

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