In that context, this from his blog yesterday in the wake of Tuesday's debate at Stormont, was a revealing comment:
Equality cannot and should not be built on good relations."Cannot"? "Should not"?
We'll leave his definition of "equality" (which I suspect will differ substantially from the textbook version) for the moment; the first truth to highlight here is that by saying "equality" and "good relations" are of identical value one is not denying the vital importance of the former for any fully operating democracy as McKay is alleging. The second simple truth is "equality" which rests on the foundation of "good relations" is much more likely to be sustainable in the long-term than the version built on the kind of communal one-upmanship McKay and his party specialises in.
That latter approach has resulted in the areas where McKay garners much of his support in North Antrim (e.g N.Ireland's latest Capital of Sectarianism, Rasharkin) possessing a sad lack of both "equality" and "good relations". But since it has also won him both electoral support and an Assembly seat, I can't really see him changing the approach anytime soon.