If ever a united Ireland is to come to pass, we must all be utterly fearless
As our politics faces its most febrile year for almost a century, the North's leaders have a duty to act responsibly while Southerners should look to their mindsets
It didn't start in 1920. Or with the drawing of lines and the signing of treaties. Partition goes far deeper than that and a long way further back. As far as memory.
To understand it you need to place fear at the heart of your calculations. Begin with the Plantation: the native's fear that his land is lost forever; the settler's fear of overthrow by the native, all framed by the wars of Reformation and Counter Reformation which reshaped the politics of Europe but left Ulster mired in a toxic lake.
Now with Sinn Fein's dramatic gains in the Assembly elections, the looming reality of Brexit and the resurgent claims of Scottish nationalism, the possibility of a united Ireland is being canvassed once more. This time it is not only nationalist true believers.