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In an interview with the Parliamentary publication - House magazine, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley, has admitted her lack of knowledge about Northern Ireland, which includes some of the basics. She was unaware that Unionists for example would not tend to vote for nationalists and vice versa - but instead would challenge elections from within their Unionist or Nationalist communities. She also admitted to having quite a negative attitude to Northern Ireland before she visited. It is well known that she was promoted to the position having never visited Northern Ireland. It adds to the criticism of a system whereby MP's from the mainland, from political parties people in Northern Ireland cannot vote for can wiled potentially huge power - in the absence of workable devolution.
Mr John Wishart -