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Is the centenary of the Union the right time for a different sort of unionism?

Chris Hudson and Graham Spencer


The near-daily media diet of a united Ireland somehow becoming inevitable is not being effectively countered by the unionist parties, say Chris Hudson and Graham Spencer

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The clean-up operation after a night of disorder at the peace gates at Lanark Way earlier this month

The clean-up operation after a night of disorder at the peace gates at Lanark Way earlier this month

The clean-up operation after a night of disorder at the peace gates at Lanark Way earlier this month

The recent street violence across Northern Ireland is influenced by a number of factors, but the central one around which others revolve is an enduring sense of loss in loyalist communities.

That feeling has been growing for years and reflects disillusionment and resentment with the polarised and divisive world of unionist and republican politics, as well as what is seen as a one-sided peace process.


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