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There is a phrase beloved of unionists: what we have, we hold... but what if what we have is not enough?

Stephen Nicholl


No amount of barricades and rallies will deliver change for Northern Ireland. To do so will require vision and a common purpose

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No change: unionists will have to expect that checks at the likes of Larne harbour will continue

No change: unionists will have to expect that checks at the likes of Larne harbour will continue

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No change: unionists will have to expect that checks at the likes of Larne harbour will continue

In a few weeks' time, I will turn 60 and, in my time, I've played a small part in the history of this place. When I was old enough, I joined the security forces, serving Queen and country. When given the opportunity, I sought elected office and, over several terms, served my local community.

Like many thousands of others, when called upon by political leaders to rally, to march, or to block roads to change someone's political decision, I did as asked and every time the result was the same: we changed nothing.

Today, there are some who suggest a return to the tactics of the past. What they propose has nothing to do with political intelligence, or a carefully thought-out strategy: their proposals represent a lack of political understanding and an absence of strategy. Why do we find ourselves in this position?


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