Category Archives: UK Politics

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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What next for NI Centre Right?

For better or for worse, the Northern Ireland Conservatives have given up their rebellion against CCHQ. They claim to have a package of support from CCHQ which (a) Apparently increases their internal influence (b) Apparently allows them to put up … Continue reading

Posted in Alliance Party, Assembly Elections, Conservative Party, Conservativism, DUP, Iris Robinson, Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland politics, Pluralism, Scotland, UK Politics, Unionism, UUP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Conservatives prepare for UUP failure but they might still be hedging

At long last, agreement has finally been reached between the Northern Ireland Regional Conservatives and the Conservative leadership on a strategy for promoting Conservativism into the future. The Party has issued the following announcement copied by email to the membership: … Continue reading

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A large ray of light about to be shone on the Iraq war?

Tony Blair is under fire, yet again, over the Iraq war. This time, the focus is on the legality of the war. In the course of the Iraq Inquiry headed by Sir John Chilcott, currently taking place, Lord Goldsmith, the … Continue reading

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Opinion polls – ignore them until 2013 if you can

I don’t like talking about opinion polls just after a general election. Unfortunately, the media stuffs them into one’s face. This has been particularly so during the recent Oldham and Saddleworth by-election, which Labour won. I treated that result with … 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

Posted in Conservative Party, Corporation tax, Economy, Euro, George Osborne, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Centre-Right, Northern Ireland economy, Northern Ireland politics, Owen Paterson, Republic of Ireland, Stormont, UK Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Conservative Party, Conservativism, Identity, Nationalism, New Party, Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Centre-Right, Northern Ireland politics, Scotland, Scottish Conservative Party, Toxicity, UK Politics, Unionism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NI Centre Right Campaign strengthened by events of the last week

Child abuse comes in many forms. Nearly all child abuse falls into one of three categories: neglect, physical harm and emotional abuse. All forms of abuse by a parent or carer involve some form of emotional abuse. Not all child … Continue reading

Posted in Conservative Party, Conservativism, DUP, General Election, Good Friday Agreement, New Party, Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Centre-Right, Northern Ireland economy, Northern Ireland politics, Orange Order, Political History, Stormont, UK Politics, Unionism, UUP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Last minute change in plan by CCHQ devastating to local Conservatives

In the last couple of days, the Chairman of the Northern Ireland regional Conservatives, Irwin Armstrong, has resigned from his office following a decision by CCHQ to renew links with the UUP. The decision has meant that Conservatives will not … Continue reading

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Government likely to face very difficult dilemmas over Europe very soon

Last Sunday, European finance ministers met.  In reporting that meeting, the UK and Irish media focused on the terms of Ireland’s bailout. However, something far more important and fundamental to the future of Europe was also discussed at that meeting. … Continue reading

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