Tag Archives: Basil McCrea

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

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David Cameron ‘offered’ merger with UUP during party conference

Northern Ireland Conservatives have been wondering, throughout the summer, why there has been no proper direction from the Party leadership about the direction in which they want to take the party. In this week’s Impartial Reporter, it has been revealed … Continue reading

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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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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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UUP leadership election could become an evolutionary link to normal politics

The path leading to a political party which is non-sectarian, Northern Ireland centred and neutral on the position of the Union is full of stepping stones.   Those stones are neither in a straight line nor at the same stepping distance.  … Continue reading

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Any notion the Government will change St. Andrews is “pie in the sky”

Over on Slugger, ‘Alan in Belfast’ has published his latest post on the UUP leadership race.  One issue which has been raised continually is what the candidates will do about the possibility of an MLA from Sinn Fein becoming First … Continue reading

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Tom Elliott will manage the UUP to their whimper

In the Guardian today, it is reported that Danny Kennedy, an ally of Tom Elliot, has stated that he wishes to retain ties with the Conservatives at Parliamentary level.  The model that he aspires to is similar to that which … Continue reading

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