Unionism is currently at a cross road. Whatever path it chooses will not only distinguish the future of Unionism, but politics in Northern Ireland too. Winston Churchill, one of the great defenders of the Union once stated, "Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things." This is a statement that I feel carries much weight in Northern Ireland's "broken" state of political affairs.
In my opinion, the failure of Unionism within the past decade has been it's lack of creating a considerable level of empathy amongst the average working man. No longer is the word "Unionist" on an electoral poster branded good enough to win a vote, and if I'm honest, this is the way it should be. In my opinion, as a young voter, I want policy, I want substance and a delivery behind my vote. I want to see my local representatives delivering on jobs, housing and everyday issues that effect me as a prospective graduate.
Unionism to me, is an ideology that can apply to all. The potential for an all inclusive, positive and secular Unionist party is endless. I feel that delivery on jobs, prosperity and social well-being will strengthen Northern Ireland's place in the Union to a much greater level than antiquated ideals. These "ideals" are in my opinion what's failed to ignite the "stay at home" electorate.
Remember; we can't change the politics of tomorrow, if we can't change the politics of today.