These islands are changing

Belfast City Hall
Belfast City Hall

As a weekly visitor to Belfast and a regular reader of your paper, may I say how pleasing it is to see the improvements in the city.

Every area is so readily accessible by bus, with no traffic snarl-ups. Dublin take note.

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It is sad, however, to see the divisions that still exist. Sectarian differences are understandable, given the history of futile violence. What is less easy to comprehend are the deep divisions within unionism.

Loyalist extremists should know by now that the Ulster they hanker for has been, is gone and won’t be back.

On the other side of the fence, republicans must get it into their heads that the 32-county socialist republic they aspire to never can be. Socialism has run its course the world over. It is a repressive and demoralising system.

A totally independent Ireland is equally out of the question.

The whole island is virtually dependent on Britain. The present republic exists only by name.

These islands are changing. Extremists on both sides should take some time to read themselves into the 21st century. If their thinking continues to prevail, the status of Northern Ireland within the United kingdom will soon be something akin to that of Pluto in the solar system.

I believe the time has come for some form of unity on this island. We must unite against the cultural fascism and economic lunacy of Sinn Fein/IRA, together with their various irregulars and offshoots.

Is it not time for us to unite in a new form of federal arrangement with our kith and kin in Scotland, Wales and England as a proud member of a family of four great nations?

A first step would be for the Republic to apply now for re-entry to the Commonwealth.

Nigel Farage has said he would welcome it. Your own paper, in an editorial some time ago, said that the Republic would be “warmly welcomed” . This is true unionism.

Ray Breen

Gorey, Co Wexford