It’s encouraging that the Belfast Telegraph is beginning to note the Zeitgeist made evident by the most recent general election results in Northern Ireland.
The paper, today, “launches a major debate on moving Northern Ireland politics away from tribal headcounts.” I gather the Telegraph will be featuring my own tuppenceworth later in the week. However, it is kicking off today with a contribution from Queen’s University Politics Professor Rick Wilford.
Wilford notes that a large percentage of the electorate wants a new politics beyond the tribal head-counting that passes for politics here.
He notes, “The General Election witnessed a depressing reversion to sectarian type given the attempts to engineer both unionist and nationalist electoral pacts.”
Well done to David Gordon at the Belfast Telegraph for this initiative. Perhaps it’s the start of a major sea-change in Northern Ireland politics. I live in hope.