Dras­tic mea­sures to end Stor­mont cri­sis

Western Mail - - WM27 - Gwynn Bowyer Car­marthen

WHEN will the ma­jor­ity of English MPs wake up to the loom­ing cri­sis of North­ern Is­land? Their self-sat­is­fied ar­ro­gance con­cern­ing the fu­ture of North­ern Ire­land is also mir­rored by their ig­no­rance of Welsh and Scot­tish con­cerns and pri­or­i­ties.

I am afraid this right-wing Govern­ment is again cre­at­ing trou­ble by be­ing hand­cuffed to the ul­tra-union­ist UDP.

What should or could hap­pen to break the stale­mate of a ham­strung Stor­mont? Should the West­min­ster Govern­ment warn the par­ties that their fail­ure to re­vive Stor­mont will lead to new elec­tions, giv­ing the peo­ple of North­ern Ire­land a chance to make their views known by ask­ing “Should your coun­try join the Repub­lic and the EU or re­main un­der West­min­ster rule?”

I am sure many of the coun­ties would vote to join the Repub­lic and EU. This would leave a small part of North­ern Ire­land at­tached to Eng­land. A short bor­der would be eas­ier to po­lice but the con­se­quences also would be the end of Stor­mont and a cer­tain num­ber (to be de­cided) of elected MPs at West­min­ster.

Of course, I’m dream­ing, but who knows? Some dreams could prove prophetic!

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