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Beyond identity politics: building bridges and uniting people, with Ian Marshall OBE

13 Nov 2022

Professor Richard Bourke talks to Ian Marshall about his belief that Northern Ireland’s future hinges on politicians moving past identity politics and embracing a more understanding and respectful collective identity.

Have Unionist leaders historically failed their community by pursuing antagonistic rhetoric? Is a majority of 51% in a border referendum truly democratic? How have the mainstream media and social media shaped (and misled?) political debate? Is the GFA exacerbating notions of opposing communities rather than fostering an inclusive spirit? And we discuss whether England needs its own parliament to help ease the tension in the Union. The Cambridge Future of the Island of Ireland series fosters discussion on the future of the island of Ireland with leading figures from the arts, culture, academia, politics, and civil society.



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