If there is a majority that opts for Irish unity at some stage, then change will take place. No one is making a first principles argument for Northern Ireland remaining part of the UK.
The 1967 Abortion Act cannot be imposed on Northern Ireland by Westminster, but nor should penalising charges be imposed on Northern Irish women by the English NHS.
Meanwhile, you don't hear Alex Salmond celebrating Ireland’s “Celtic Tiger” much any more.
The former leader's savage attack on his successor, Peter Robinson, is a reminder that his party could see that he had outlived his usefulness.
Suzie McCracken feels like her vocal chords are haunted by the booming projections of past politicians and preachers. Surely now it's time to stop being an incessant apologist and be proud of our vowels?
The targeting of Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister helps to reinforce his modernising credentials.
In the next five years, the Scottish independence referendum, an in/out EU referendum and a border poll on Northern Ireland could force a rethink of the entire British state.
History shows that the "non-lethal" weapons deployed against civilians are neither accurate nor safe.
How might the Scottish constitutional debate affect politics in Northern Ireland?