We rarely actually have any real debate on here, just a series of slanging matches ( in which even highly respected posters such as my good-self have occasionally participated )
So based on the assumption that the census and mori poll are fairly accurate indications of current thinking in NI (there are plenty of threads were this assumption can be debated) What next for NI?
Now try explaining to either a Loyalist in East Belfast or a Republican in West Londonderry (Bogside) that the majority of 'nationalists' are unlikely to vote for a UI!!
For a start we have Unicorns/Catholic Unionists/CNI or whatever label one wishes to attribute to them, now these may well 'side' with unionism on the BIG question, but only a tiny number of them will vote for unionists parties. A large section of them are still 'nationalists' voting for nationalist parties.
Imho Politically some one has to step up and say 'The status quo is what the majority on both sides wants lets make it work' as the 'centre' party Alliance would seem the ideal candidates but if i am honest i don't see any of the parties doing anything any differently, and if they did i think the one party that could actually benefit the most would be SDLP...