The author Norman Porter has evolved a new strategy for Unionist renewal. Currently a member of the Ulster Unionist Party, he nonetheless criticizes the party's tendency to paint itself into corners, and argues that the cherished union with Britain - a perfectly valid link, in his opinion - can only be safeguarded by an enlarged vision of the scope and nature of politics, and a more open-handed and pro-active attitude to non-unionists.
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Porter is a Unionist seeking light in the darkening room in which Ulster's Unionists now find themselves. The Irish Republic's influence in Ulster is growing, and British public opinion is losing patience with the Unionists. Porter at once disdains citizenship in the Republic, citing the precedents of British and international law that protect Ulster, and tongue-lashes Britain for potentially failing to uphold the Union. Recognizing that change is necessary, he calls for a new Unionist who will be a citizen of Northern Ireland, sensitive to the dual cultures, unaffiliated with any sectarian groups, and ultimately loyal to the Union of the United Kingdom. His book is a relatively sane and logical argument from a party known for its intractability. This densely argued, incomplete treatise needs much fleshing out to be practical. Still, it's an important book that any academic collection should get.?Robert C. Moore, DuPont Merck Pharmaceuticals, N. Billerica, Mass.
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Book Description Blackstaff Pr, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M085640585X