Northern Ireland Conservatives have been wondering, throughout the summer, why there has been no proper direction from the Party leadership about the direction in which they want to take the party.
In this week’s Impartial Reporter, it has been revealed that David Cameron offered to Tom Elliot that the Conservative Party merge with the UUP. According to the Impartial, Elliott “angrily” rejected the offer.
I do not believe that David Cameron thought there was any chance that Elliott would agree. Nearly 2 years ago, the Conservative Party tried to negotiate a merger with the UUP. The proposal was rejected back then. I believe that there was a large element of jest in the offer made by Cameron. Had it not been anything other than an offer of jest, it would have represented a clear belief by Cameron that he regarded the UUP as having no other option, except to face political oblivion.
So where does this leave the Northern Ireland Conservatives? Are they now free to fight the UUP full opponents and contest elections in the Assembly?
There has to be a reason why David Cameron made a jestful offer. Apart from the likelihood that it indicates an element of contempt for the UUP, I am not yet fully reading the game being played by David Cameron. Any insightful comments or information on this interesting subject would be welcome.