Firstly, a warm welcome to you.
This is not the blog of a political party – yet. Its original aim is to encourage the British Conservative Party to allow its Northern Ireland regional branch to become an independent party and further, that such an independent party rebrands itself in two ways. Firstly, it must change its name. Secondly, it must drop its unionist identity so that its central object is to promote centre-right policies for Northern Ireland and to remain neutral on Northern Ireland’s constitutional future.
Most of the rationale for the proposal is set out in my first post on this blog. Some additional arguments have been set out in later posts, such as “Why the Conservatives will always be regarded in a poor light for direct political involvement in Northern Ireland.” Other posts make some of the argument in different ways.
One fact has struck me, since I began this blog. There is a lack of disagreement to my analysis. Putting the implication of that in a nutshell, there is little disagreement that these proposals represent the only way for a centre-right political party to be supported by both communities as being above non sectarian politics. The Conservatives therefore have to decide whether they truly want to be a cross-community party or whether they want to maximise their vote amongst unionists and carry on paying lip-service to the idea that they want to attract the votes of Catholics who share conservative values.
The onus will now be on the Conservatives to either reject or carry forward this proposal. What will not be acceptable is a “halfway house.” I have not set any deadline for this change to be made but it must come about within a reasonable time. If no significant progress is made, I will indicate, in the future, what I consider should be the maximum amount of time that I should wait.
If the proposal is rejected, then the way will be clear to form a new political party. I would then be committed to registering a new political party provided that enough support and goodwill emerges for its creation.
If you would like to be part of a political party, whose membership is made up of Unionists and Nationalists working together to make an active, dynamic and radical centre-right party which can play a huge role in shaping Northern Ireland’s political future, I would be interested to hear from you.
Please register your interest by sending an email to me at (written with “at” instead of @ to avoid spam)
se.major at virgin.net
with your contact details.