In the recent election in the North, the unionist vote increased by 2 per cent and the nationalist vote declined by 3 per cent. It is difficult to be doctrinaire about what is happening here. Factors like turn-out, Sinn Féin’s continuing abstentionism and a first-time unionist pact in some constituencies may well have served to produce these figures. Plus, there was an underlying sense perhaps that it is next year’s Assembly elections under the proportional...
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