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Unionists need to have a conversation, but not about unity

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Making NI a fairer place is crucial to the future of the Union

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Criticised: Lord Mayor of Belfast Kate Nicholl

Criticised: Lord Mayor of Belfast Kate Nicholl

Criticised: Lord Mayor of Belfast Kate Nicholl

A few years ago, I went to west Belfast to watch a panel event at the Féile. During the discussion, a member of the audience asked why unionists weren’t very good at selling the Union. Dr Sophie Long replied wryly: “Because they’ve never had to.”

In my childhood, there was always a sense of certainty among family and friends about the Union. “A united Ireland won’t happen in my lifetime,” was the usual refrain.


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