Category Archives: Nationalism

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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Never mind who collects the taxes. It is how much you pay and what the money gets spent on that counts

Chekov’s latest post on his blog on the state of Unionism following the general election contains analysis that I would hardly disagree with.  He has not yet written any direct comment on the campaign for a new, tribally neutral, centre-right … Continue reading

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A new party and a not so new North Down supper club

The North Down supper club meets every month, usually at the Royal Hotel in Bangor. It is an institution which is now part of the Conservative Party of Northern Ireland. Every now and then, I go to the supper club … Continue reading

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The future will be NICER with a new Northern Ireland Centre-Right party

To those of you who might know me, I ran a blog called Tory Story NI. I started writing posts on that blog just after the announcement of the Conservative – UUP pact that was the UCUNF project. There were … Continue reading

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