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Sunningdale: A ‘Colonial’ Solution

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It is almost a tradition by now for British governments to try to make their exit from a finally untenable colonial situation by offering 'the natives' as a last imperialist gift an unworkable constitution. Of course, any Irish government would want to give as much aid and comfort as possible to the SDLP. Of course, the SDLP was bound to try the road of coalition. But we ought now to be able to see that the policies which led to the Sunningdale Agreement were policies which led nowhere. The old Northern-Irish constitution was unworkable because it attempted to govern the vast majority of the Catholic community without their fundamental consent; the new Northern-Irish constitution is unworkable because it attempts to govern the majority of the Protestant community without their fundamental consent.

Keywords:British government; Catholic community; coalition; colonial situation; Irish government; Northern-Irish constitution; Protestant community; Sunningdale Agreement



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