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View of the future from a federalist

Published 11/05/2016

I wish to reply to Christopher Gillespie's letter headlined 'What's in a name but pointless trivialities?' (Write Back, May 3).

Take the name America. Try telling any American that the name America is a pointless triviality and one will get a flea in one's ear. The same is true of the names France, Germany, Italy, Spain, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

The places mentioned are countries whose names are of importance - not statelets, as Northern Ireland is, even though vain attempts are made by pseudo-Northern Irish apartheid nationalists to hyper-inflate the importance of the place by calling it a country, such as Christopher (and Arlene Foster).

A federalist, on the other hand, is a realist who calls a spade a spade and Northern Ireland a statelet - even if that makes Christopher and Northern Irish nationalists angry.

A realistic federalist doesn't see a future for Northern Ireland, and the dysfunctional track record of the Assembly underscores that. A federalist rejects apartheid nationalism of any ilk, be it Irish, Northern Irish or British. A federalist sees a new future for Ireland together as a whole in the federal kingdom of Ireland.

In a federal kingdom of Ireland, with a reformed Crown as Head of State, the six counties by any other Irish name (or Ulster form) will smell as sweet to the people of Ulster and Ireland.

MICHAEL GILLESPIE

Londonderry

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