Border Poll: What if we vote no?
So all the talk has been about what a United Ireland will look like if a ‘Yes’ vote is achieved at a referendum. That's a good thing.
What if we vote no? A very real prospect. A very very real prospect, more real than Sinn Fein can imagine or dare to let on.
I believe in a United Ireland, absolutely, I’m 100% for it. I don’t believe a threat of violence from anyone should deter democracy from taking place.
But, what if we vote against a United Ireland?
Will nationalists be subject to loyalist/unionist triumphalism for another seven years at least until we can next hold a referendum? Or worse for another generation or more?
Will Stormont still be a divided Assembly of tosspots talking about but doing nothing for equality? Will we still have an over dominant public sector and no jobs or prospects for young graduates, whilst in Dublin Google is cherry picking for top modern jobs?
Will we still have parades? Will we still have ‘peace’ walls? Will we still have loyalist paramilitary groups calling for an end to violence? No Irish language Act? Religious and cultural discrimination? Will we still have a large silent minority afraid to speak up? Will every election be dominated by sectarian viewpoints with conversation on economic and social policy stuck into party manifestos as an afterthought?
Will loyalists still be shocked that we're in a peace process? 15 years and the DUP still hasn't told them.
Unionists, please make your case for the Union.