Category Archives: Owen Paterson

UUP accuses Conservatives about breaking promises

Not promises about not putting up Assembly candidates – yet.  However, for Conservative Yoopyphobes, there is a cheering headline to a report in the Belfast Telegraph today. David McNarry has called for Owen Paterson’s head following his stated refusal to … Continue reading

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Northern Ireland can save Companies from leaving the UK with low Corporation Tax

All over Britain, there are stories of Companies becoming impatient with the UK tax regime and looking to relocate elsewhere. The Treasury is well aware of this and overtures of better times ahead have been made to the business community. … Continue reading

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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

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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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If Northern Ireland politicians played the Centre Right game with the Conservatives, the rewards could be enormous

At the moment, the UK has a budget deficit of around £150 billion a year.  The Coalition Government has embarked upon an austerity package which will see that deficit reduced to £20 billion over the next 5 years.   The National … Continue reading

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No longer a unionist party but still a party of the Union?

The Northern Ireland Conservative Party AGM and the East Belfast Conservative Association Barbecue, both held over the weekend, were an opportunity for me to assess the temperature of the Conservative Party in terms of evolution towards a non-designated centre-right party. … Continue reading

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Why the Conservatives will always be regarded in a poor light for direct political involvement in Northern Ireland

One of the criticisms made of the Conservative Party has been that having a party political interest in Northern Ireland prevents them from dealing with Northern Ireland in a “neutral” manner.  Shortly after the announcement of the pact with the … Continue reading

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