Category Archives: Identity

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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Sein Fein parades itself

In the Newsletter and in my local papers, it was reported that a parade, which took place in Fermanagh on New Years Day, was illegal. The parade was said to be illegal because no request had been made to the … Continue reading

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Conservatives entitled to be proud of the Anglo-Irish Agreement

A little over two months ago marked the passing of the 25th Anniversary of the Anglo-Irish Agreement. The anniversary resulted in posts by Brian Walker of Slugger O’Toole and by and other articles by Newspaper journalists across Ireland. One of … 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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Conservativism in Northern Ireland

Irwin Armstrong, Chairman of the Northern Ireland Region of the Conservative Party, has made a comment contribution to ‘About Northern Ireland Centre-Right (a static page on this blog).  I have republished his comment below with my reply. By Irwin Armstong … Continue reading

Posted in Basil McCrea, Conservative Party, Conservativism, David Cameron, General Election, Identity, Ideology, Irwin Armstrong, Nationalism, New Party, Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Centre-Right, Northern Ireland politics, Stormont, Toxicity, UK Politics, Unionism, UUP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

An Orangeman could attract Catholic votes if ……

During and after the UUP leadership election campaign, there was plenty of media focus upon the implications of Tom Elliott’s membership of the Orange Order.  In my last post, I highlighted an article by Liam Clarke.  Clarke suggested that Elliott should be … Continue reading

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Toxicity and the anti-identity

Since I launched the campaign for a new centre-right party two weeks ago, I have highlighted, in a number of posts, the problem of toxicity.  The Toxicity of the Conservative Brand in Scotland is most certainly related to past policy … Continue reading

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