Newton Emerson: SF likely to weaken united Ireland argument in elections

Sinn Féin’s pursuit of united Ireland may backfire and further galvanise unionism

March 11th, 2017: Voters in Northern Ireland discuss Irish unity and the Assembly election.

All my life, elections in Northern Ireland have been derided as proxy Border polls. So-called right-thinking people have pleaded and hoped for the great unwashed to vote on “real issues”, only to be cruelly disappointed.

Hence there is something at once realistic, depressing and thrillingly rude about Sinn Féin making next month’s council elections, to be held on May 2nd, specifically about a Border poll.

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