Category Archives: Northern Ireland politics

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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2010 – A Space Odeyssy

For the second time I have broken cover from my self-imposed blogging moratorium.  It is, however, something which touches and concerns the future direction of Conservativism in Northern Ireland.   On October 19th, Eamon Mallie wrote a post on Slugger O’Toole … Continue reading

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Robinson is moving the DUP towards becoming a moderate party

Following my last announcement that I would be resting from blogging for a while, a story by the BBC has just caught my eye.  Now it goes without saying that I can not resist reading the political rune sticks. It is … 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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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

Working together

What a speech! Well, I would say that wouldn’t I? There is no way that a neutral would not have been moved by it. It had a powerful theme running through it. It had vibrancy. It was passionate. It was … Continue reading

Posted in Conservative Party, Conservative Party Conference, Conservativism, David Cameron, Economy, Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland politics, Owen Paterson, Republic of Ireland, Sinn Fein, Stormont | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Has Basil McCrea started to set out a new stall?

Spare a thought for Basil McCrea.  Having been defeated heavily in the UUP leadership election, the immediate fallout was that his allies in the UUP were unlikely to secure candidacy for representation at Stormont.  This has already happened to Paula … Continue reading

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Threat of legal action over cuts highlights need for a seperate NI Centre Right Party

A Government with no parliamentary representation in Northern Ireland may look as though it has nothing to lose politically if it implements policies that people here will not like – such as cutting the presently scheduled financial provision for the … Continue reading

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Labour petition to fight elections in Northern Ireland

Over on the East Belfast Diary, Jenny Muir has posted a request for people to sign a petition requiring Labour Candidates to stand in Northern Ireland.  At present, the Labour Party does not allow members to stand.  I have signed … Continue reading

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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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