Blood or money. These are the usually the only two things that dramatically change any political landscape. In Northern Ireland there is a lot of talk at the moment about a border poll. But until the effects of Brexit has an economic down surge and people lose money there will be no change in the status of Northern Ireland, IMHO. Nobody rocks the boat intentionally. When you have mortgages and bills to pay why bother with the upheaval and unknown. We tried war the Irish way – 30 years and three thousand killed. True war requires the rivers to run red. If three thousand people had been killed in a very short time span then violence may have changed things. But otherwise all we have been left with is a very deep seated mistrust at the core of society.
Northern Ireland has known peaceful ways for the last number of years, which first begins with an absence of violence. (Thank you Mr McGuinness and Mr Adams.) True peace, however, will only be achieved when this inherited hatred from generations past is finally extinguished.
So bring on the the hand over date from the EU and maybe politics in Northern Ireland will be able to finally produce a radical change that people of violence couldn’t bring about.
Now wouldn’t that be a fitting legacy for Mr M. McGuinness and his attempt to bring about Irish Unification.
ps google words of the day were brexit and peace