“At least he (me) was frank enough to admit that his cause is a ‘unionist’ one as opposed to the spin that the new electoral arrangement between the two parties is somehow a ‘post sectarian’ one.”
A neat insight into the Alliance mentality, whereby actually taking a position on Northern Ireland's constitutional status deems someone sectarian!
It’s rather an important question, don’t you think - which state ought Northern Ireland to form a part of? Yet one party ducks it entirely and levels accusations of bigotry at those who do have an opinion!
The Conservatives and Unionists CAN move beyond ‘sectarianism’ by decoupling the political component of unionism from any religious and cultural baggage. It’s a simple enough concept.
In time the pact’s unionism can be taken for granted, even go without saying. That’s the position which I would like to move toward. Whereby the constitutional question plays a much less prominent part in Northern Ireland’s political discourse, because it is considered, at least for the time being, settled. Whereby all unionists simply get on with playing a full role in the United Kingdom and its politics.