Get the union involved – and launch a border poll

None of us should be too excited about the results of Thursday’s general election in Northern Ireland. They were a major victory for Sinn Féin, a huge breakthrough for the Alliance Party and another slap in the face to moderates in both the nationalist and unionist camps. But despite efforts by some unionists to endanger them, the union plays no part. Despite the triumph of Sinn Féin, a united Ireland is not around the corner. The choice should solve the persistent protocol problem. It added a new one instead of detaching an old one.

The Sinn Féin and Alliance Party celebrations will last less than 24 hours. Tomorrow, when leaders meet, they face an even more fundamental difficulty: who will become Northern Ireland’s first minister? Instead of one, they have to climb two mountains. The word ‘historic’ was flung freely around the media at the Titanic Exhibition Center on Friday by the winners in Belfast and by their cheerleaders yesterday. Maybe, but tomorrow or Thursday when the new congregation attempts to choose a speaker, winners and losers will initiate the familiar stumble into a stalemate. Get the union involved – and launch a border poll

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