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Malachi O'Doherty

A voluntary coalition would be better than Stormont's mandatory one

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'It is worth reminding ourselves that those conditions no longer apply, that even if we were to revert to the form of government we had in 1972, when Stormont was prorogued, no unionist leader would be able to muster the 46 seats that would be needed for a majority.'

'It is worth reminding ourselves that those conditions no longer apply, that even if we were to revert to the form of government we had in 1972, when Stormont was prorogued, no unionist leader would be able to muster the 46 seats that would be needed for a majority.'

'It is worth reminding ourselves that those conditions no longer apply, that even if we were to revert to the form of government we had in 1972, when Stormont was prorogued, no unionist leader would be able to muster the 46 seats that would be needed for a majority.'

Well, are you disillusioned with power sharing yet? We have this system because we have two predominant communities which could not bear to be governed by each other. That's the theory anyway.

So instead of having one in government and one in opposition we get both in government where they can keep an eye on each other. This plan emerged out of conditions that prevailed half a century ago when a static unionist majority governed smugly and badly.

It is worth reminding ourselves that those conditions no longer apply, that even if we were to revert to the form of government we had in 1972, when Stormont was prorogued, no unionist leader would be able to muster the 46 seats that would be needed for a majority.


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