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What I learned from people who want to preserve the Union in its most critical hour

Andrea Catherwood


Broadcaster Andrea Catherwood tells of the insights she gained into current unionist thinking for a new radio series

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A protest against the Northern Ireland Protocol held in Belfast earlier this week. Credit: Presseye

A protest against the Northern Ireland Protocol held in Belfast earlier this week. Credit: Presseye

A protest against the Northern Ireland Protocol held in Belfast earlier this week. Credit: Presseye

When we decided to explore unionism in Northern Ireland in its centenary year for a season of BBC Radio 4 documentaries, it was because it seemed that to use that old cliché, unionism was once again at a crossroads. What we didn’t anticipate was that we’d pick a time of such political turmoil.

When I began making this series Arlene Foster and Steve Aiken oversaw the two main Unionist parties. That seems like a long time ago.


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