Interesting comment by Gerry Adams at the Sinn Fein Ard Fheis last weekend:
The third great challenge facing this party is to build support for Irish unity in Britain. There is a potential to create in Britain a solidarity movement similar to that in the USA. (Sinn Fein)
Former Sinn Fein publicity director Danny Morrison picked up the theme in the Daily Ireland:
I have spoken at literary events in England over the past ten years and have been encouraged at the interest in and goodwill towards Irish republicanism when the topic has arisen. If Sinn Féin is to create support for Irish unity in Britain it will need to invest significant resources – financial and personnel. Certainly, the ending of the armed struggle has created a more peaceful atmosphere making audiences more receptive to a republican appeal.
If unionists want to combat the argument and present their case then so much the better. Fingers crossed that they send in Ian Paisley. What an advertisement he is for ‘traditional British values’.
It sounds like this is going to be a serious priority. It will be interesting to see what comes of it.