Election result shows how far we've come
To say that the election results show a Northern Ireland more polarised than ever, wanting in a common ground, as some among the commentariat are now saying, ignores what is staring them in the face: the demise of an isolationist nationalism of one sort or another.
All the major parties now hold in common the need for Northern Ireland (and, for that matter, all Ireland) to be part of a wider economic and political entity, whatever that entity may be.
Further, all parties are concerned about maintaining the common travel area within and between these islands, whatever the nature of the relation with the EU may eventually be.
What disagreements that remain are disagreements on that common ground. That is a step or two away from the old sectarian divisions in which there was no common ground.
Why be alarmed?