Given that political representation, and not religion, drives the conflict in Northern Ireland, it will be necessary to open up the political process in order for Blair's devolved Parliament to be successful.  This will provide a conducive environment in which the two large voting blocks will be able to break-up into their factional parties, and they in turn will have to work with each other in order to gain enough power to form a coalition government.   To ensure that this will occur, the voting system should be based on Germany's system of proportional representation in which those parties receiving five percent or more of the vote are allowed representation in public office.  With these prerequisites firmly established, coalition governments would have to represent a wider cross-section of society and thus limit the dominance of one group as maintained by the Orange Order and Ulster Unionist Party.  Additionally, voting solidarity could not be maintained through previous channels of political patronage, and liberal Protestants could pursue their own agenda of political equality. Furthermore, London can create regulatory commissions during the devolution time to ensure the ease of the transition.

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