The NHS is a big plus point to life in Northern Ireland. If certain elements within the UK political system get their way and shift to an insurance based system then I can see a greater swing towards unification in the North.
There have been a number of studies done recently which conflict with each other in relation to the economic benefit of unification. This in itself indicates that there will be a need for a very intense and information laden debate on the matter when it eventually does arise.
I hope that the voters do listen, but really there will be those who vote Yes or No regardless of the facts and it will be the swing voters who make the decision.
It would be disappointing if the Yes vote in the South was not over 60% for unification.
Originally Posted by ILoveYourVibes
We do. We get a separate ref. But the two jurisdictions vote separately. And probably not at the same time like SF wish.
And to be honest if the north voted to for a UI we would feel obligated to accept them more than anything.
I'm surprised that SF would want them together for the reason you outline. It would be more likely for a lower Yes vote or indeed a possible No vote if both were done concurrently. However, if NI voted to join, then as you say the Southern voters may 'feel obliged' to accept the request.
Originally Posted by facehugger99
WTF are you bladdering about? - "legal realities" one minute and "obligated by history" in the next post - you haven't a clue what you're talking about.
They can fcuk off if they think I'm going to be paying 10billion a year to fund a mickey mouse economy.
Noone is asking you to pay €10B - you'll only pay a small part of it. The other tax payers will chip in too (apart from Bono).
In relation to the mickey mouse economy, how are things going outside of the pail? How is Health service? How about all those Post Offices and services in small towns and villages? Rural buses? Trains? Much work in the midlands? House prices?
Northern Ireland does indeed have some economical issues - mainly due it still trying to redress the effects of the 30 year conflict, discrimination against the Catholic community by the Protestant majority and neglect from successive governments over a number of decades. It is slowly redressing these issues, and predictions are that unification would bring a large financial windfall to the entire island.
So don't being sneering down your nose - you are not too many rungs further up the ladder.