Category Archives: Scotland

Why regional identity is a much bigger problem for the Conservatives than Labour

We tend to think that within the UK, it is only Northern Ireland which has identity politics. Putting that conventional thought another way, Northern Ireland’s politics would be identity politics along a Unionist / Nationalist axis, whilst the rest of … Continue reading

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What next for NI Centre Right?

For better or for worse, the Northern Ireland Conservatives have given up their rebellion against CCHQ. They claim to have a package of support from CCHQ which (a) Apparently increases their internal influence (b) Apparently allows them to put up … Continue reading

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The powerful thoughts of a Scottish Tory may shed some light on the Northern Ireland problem

No Conservative needs to be reminded that the Conservative Party has a problem with Scotland. Since before the General Election, I have followed what bloggers and politicians have been saying about the causes of the problem and what to do … Continue reading

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Scottish Conservatives will not be separated from the main party in the near future.

As reported in the Scotsman today, the review by the committee, headed by Lord Sanderson, on the failure by the Conservative Party, to achieve electoral success in Scotland at the general election, has now been published.  The report will be … Continue reading

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Northern Ireland Centre Right campaign

It is now nearly 5 months since I launched the Northern Ireland Centre Right Campaign.  In that time, I have written 60 posts.  By now, practically all of the arguments that I am ever likely to make in support of … Continue reading

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No longer a unionist party but still a party of the Union?

The Northern Ireland Conservative Party AGM and the East Belfast Conservative Association Barbecue, both held over the weekend, were an opportunity for me to assess the temperature of the Conservative Party in terms of evolution towards a non-designated centre-right party. … Continue reading

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Comparing Conservative Problems in Scotland with Northern Ireland

The campaign that I have launched for an independent centre-right party in Northern Ireland is running in parallel to a campaign for a similar scenario in relation to the Scottish Conservative Party.  Each campaign has been launched in the wake of electoral … Continue reading

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