People are speculating that the newest “moderate” British Unionist party to be announced on Thursday by Basil McCrea and John McAllister will be named “NI21”. This is taken as a reference to “Northern Ireland 21st Century” and the Unionist-leaning media in the north-east of the country (and elsewhere) is going all weak at the knees at the thoughts of this brave new dawn for Unionism in Ireland. The only fly in the ointment may be the fact that “NI21” can also refer to the “official” establishment of the apartheid state of “Northern Ireland” in 1921. A state created through the overthrow of the democratic wishes of the vast majority of the people living on the island of Ireland by a British separatist minority using violence and the threat of violence.
“NI1921”. Not so much a step forward as a nod backwards.
- McCrea won’t confirm ‘NI21’ party name (newsletter.co.uk)