Tag Archives: New Party

Sinn Fein’s sectarianism in Education

It is some time since I wrote a post exclusively in relation to Education in Northern Ireland.    Although nothing is ‘cast in stone,’ it is unlikely that a future Northern Ireland Centre Right party will depart from the current … 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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Toxicity and the anti-identity

Since I launched the campaign for a new centre-right party two weeks ago, I have highlighted, in a number of posts, the problem of toxicity.  The Toxicity of the Conservative Brand in Scotland is most certainly related to past policy … Continue reading

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Toxic Conservative Party and David Cameron’s Bloody Sunday apology

Earlier today, I was at the High Court in Belfast representing a client.  For the purpose of this post, I will use the pseudonym Eamon as if it was his real name.  After the hearing, we paid a visit to … Continue reading

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Comparing Conservative Problems in Scotland with Northern Ireland

The campaign that I have launched for an independent centre-right party in Northern Ireland is running in parallel to a campaign for a similar scenario in relation to the Scottish Conservative Party.  Each campaign has been launched in the wake of electoral … Continue reading

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The only way forward to achieve normal politics in Northern Ireland

Last week, Owen Polley wrote an article in the Belfast Telegraph entitled “The Old baggage that came with the New Force must go.” In the article, he discussed options for the Conservative Party, including my proposal for a new non-designated … Continue reading

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NILT survey trends show bad news for Unionism

Yesterday, the 2009 Northern Ireland Life and Times survey was published on Ark.  It reveals a very sharp decline in support for unionism.  In response to the question, “Generally speaking, do you consider yourself as a unionist, nationalist or neither?” the … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of the Northern Ireland Labour Party

The idea of having a political party which is neutral on Northern Ireland’s sovereignty is not a new one.  The Alliance Party of Northern Ireland moved from a position of being a non-sectarian unionist party to one of being neutral … 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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Never mind who collects the taxes. It is how much you pay and what the money gets spent on that counts

Chekov’s latest post on his blog on the state of Unionism following the general election contains analysis that I would hardly disagree with.  He has not yet written any direct comment on the campaign for a new, tribally neutral, centre-right … Continue reading

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