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What unionism needs to do now... and why the leaders of nationalism must start to demonstrate vision too

Gail Walker



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'Avoiding an economic border between Northern Ireland and the Republic has given rise to a trade barrier on goods travelling between Great Britain and NI - that plays to a long-held unionist existential fear of being betrayed by Westminster and bullied by nationalism.' (stock photo)

'Avoiding an economic border between Northern Ireland and the Republic has given rise to a trade barrier on goods travelling between Great Britain and NI - that plays to a long-held unionist existential fear of being betrayed by Westminster and bullied by nationalism.' (stock photo)

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'Avoiding an economic border between Northern Ireland and the Republic has given rise to a trade barrier on goods travelling between Great Britain and NI - that plays to a long-held unionist existential fear of being betrayed by Westminster and bullied by nationalism.' (stock photo)

So much for our return to "normality". On Tuesday night dissident republican Danny McClean was shot dead in north Belfast. In any other part of the UK it would have been headline news for a week. Here, people barely said a word.

That same evening in the east of the city a masked loyalist gang walked through the streets as the UVF apparently tried to settle an internal feud.

Across Northern Ireland graffiti and posters warned port staff not to administer the Irish Sea border - or face the "consequences". Councils sent them home for their safety.


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