He asks, rhetorically of course, in response to Gerry Adams recent comments:
"Gerry Adams description of any deal on policing and justice as only “A STAGING POST” should alert every Unionist to what is afoot. Staging post to where?"Allister half-answered his own question:
"Clearly, for Sinn Fein getting a deal at Hillsborough is not the "completion" of a devolutionary journey within the UK, but merely ticks off another item on their wish list, while they position themselves to again bring government to a standstill the next time they need further delivery from the DUP on their all-Ireland agenda.Gosh! With brains as sharp as Jim's following their every move, nationalists will have to be even more devious. He has twigged that Sinn Féin's ultimate destination is not 'devolution within the UK', but rather an 'all-Ireland'. In case he is in any doubt about what an 'all-Ireland' is (and it could be a sporting event), let this blog explain it to him in simple terms.
The agenda of republicanism is insatiable. No Unionist should be playing their long game by providing this ‘staging post’ towards an all-Ireland."
Nationalists of all hues – Sinn Féin, SDLP, and others – are aiming towards a united 32 county sovereign Ireland. Achievement of that will represent the end of the process, and at that point even Sinn Féin may be satisfied. Anything less is not the end, and is therefore by definition merely a staging post or a temporary arrangement. Get used to it, Jim, because that's the road ahead.