As the DUP and UUP move closer, Northern Ireland needs a new pro-Union party, write BASIL McCREA and JOHN McCALLISTER
IT is time for a confident, generous, progressive pro-Union party to step forward and build support for a modern Northern Ireland. At a time when a recent opinion poll shows clearly that a significant majority of our citizens across the entire community support the current constitutional position, pro-Union parties should not be leading a retreat into sectarian trenches.
Flags protests, dissident activity, economic austerity and rising unemployment threaten the peace and prosperity which we fought so hard to achieve. The trauma of our past continues to haunt us, old animosities have not been put aside and political leaders struggle to meet the challenges of a rapidly deteriorating situation. Northern Ireland runs the risk of returning to the old ways.