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If the UUP dont like that, they can do their worst

Mark Cosgrove, UUP treasurer, has written a comment accusing me of lying, in relation to my previous post setting out the UUP’s failure to pay £50,000 into a joint fund. My source did not come out of “thin air.”  I will not mention … Continue reading

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UUPs financial weaknesses make it completely untrustworthy

Last week, it was reported by Mark Devenport and subsequently confirmed by other bloggers, including Chekov that the UUP is now asking the Government to provide finance to enable it to go into opposition. At the moment, there are two … Continue reading

Posted in Assembly Elections, Conservative Party, Northern Ireland Centre-Right, Northern Ireland politics, Stormont, UUP | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Conservative Party, Conservativism, Euro, Europe, General Election, George Osborne, Identity, Ideology, Labour Party, Nationalism, Northern Ireland politics, Scotland, Scottish Conservative Party, UK Constitution, UK Politics, UKIP, Unionism, Wales | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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

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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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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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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