Category Archives: Good Friday Agreement

UUP accuses Conservatives about breaking promises

Not promises about not putting up Assembly candidates – yet.  However, for Conservative Yoopyphobes, there is a cheering headline to a report in the Belfast Telegraph today. David McNarry has called for Owen Paterson’s head following his stated refusal to … Continue reading

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NI Centre Right Campaign strengthened by events of the last week

Child abuse comes in many forms. Nearly all child abuse falls into one of three categories: neglect, physical harm and emotional abuse. All forms of abuse by a parent or carer involve some form of emotional abuse. Not all child … Continue reading

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Any notion the Government will change St. Andrews is “pie in the sky”

Over on Slugger, ‘Alan in Belfast’ has published his latest post on the UUP leadership race.  One issue which has been raised continually is what the candidates will do about the possibility of an MLA from Sinn Fein becoming First … Continue reading

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Summary of Belfast Telegraph Articles on changing Northern Ireland politics

Last Week’s series of articles in the Belfast Telegraph made very interesting reading.  I have digested what was written and attempted to put some sort of view, on the basis of commonality between the Articles, on what might happen going … Continue reading

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A reason why the UUP and the SDLP should leave the Executive and go into full opposition

For the best part of today, we will learn about the scale of spending cuts and tax rises, which are necessary to reduce the size of the UK budget deficit.  Perhaps we should reasonably confident that this Government will at … Continue reading

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Bloody Sunday Report made public

Some 38 years after the events in question, victims of the Bloody Sunday violence will finally be able to move on. There will be further steps to take in their healing process but at least their state of limbo is … Continue reading

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The only way forward to achieve normal politics in Northern Ireland

Last week, Owen Polley wrote an article in the Belfast Telegraph entitled “The Old baggage that came with the New Force must go.” In the article, he discussed options for the Conservative Party, including my proposal for a new non-designated … Continue reading

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NILT survey trends show bad news for Unionism

Yesterday, the 2009 Northern Ireland Life and Times survey was published on Ark.  It reveals a very sharp decline in support for unionism.  In response to the question, “Generally speaking, do you consider yourself as a unionist, nationalist or neither?” the … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of the Northern Ireland Labour Party

The idea of having a political party which is neutral on Northern Ireland’s sovereignty is not a new one.  The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland moved from a position of being a non-sectarian unionist party to one of being neutral … Continue reading

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Why the Conservatives will always be regarded in a poor light for direct political involvement in Northern Ireland

One of the criticisms made of the Conservative Party has been that having a party political interest in Northern Ireland prevents them from dealing with Northern Ireland in a “neutral” manner.  Shortly after the announcement of the pact with the … Continue reading

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