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Loyalists make final preparations to their bonfire on the Newtownards road on the 'eleventh night' in Belfast. Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Loyalists make final preparations to their bonfire on the Newtownards road on the 'eleventh night' in Belfast. Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Loyalists make final preparations to their bonfire on the Newtownards road on the 'eleventh night' in Belfast. Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

In the wake of the Brexit disaster, as the Orangemen gather for the Twelfth, it behoves the leaders of the Green tradition to pay more attention to the real position of fundamental unionism on this island than was shown in the recent clumsy handling of the All-Ireland Forum idea which the DUP so contemptuously dismissed.

Before highlighting a situation which has an important bearing on the Unionists' position, let me recount two episodes which illustrate unionist thinking. One was related to me by the legendary Harry Diamond, the Republican Labour representative for Belfast's Dock Ward, to which the late Gerry Fitt succeeded.


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