So far, only the nationalists have offered a sensible way to ensure
cohabitation between the Kingdom’s nations, namely friendship based on
independence. Of course, this is hardly a way out that pleases
unionists. But if they continue to respond with their present
unintelligent conservatism, then the nationalists will win the argument.
I am in complete agreement that de facto independence, at least, is the only route to a stable democratic settlement. However, the strength of the case for Irish Home Rule in the late nineteenth century or for Scottish devolution in the 1970s, did not prevent the establishment temporising for a very long time. It will be interesting to see how it copes now that there is an English challenge to the status quo.