Tag Archives: Normal politics

Conservative leadership still wants link with the UUP?

I don’t know whether or not I should be feeling depressed or excited.  Certainly, if there was no prospect of a new centre-right party in the offing, it would be the former.  Yesterday, the Newsletter reported: “Co-chair of the Conservative … Continue reading

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McNarry’s backward-looking politics

In response to last week’s articles on moving Northern Ireland politics forward, Senior UUP MLA  David McNarry has written a letter to the Belfast Telegraph.  Here are the central parts of what he has written: “To begin with, let me demolish … Continue reading

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Summary of Belfast Telegraph Articles on changing Northern Ireland politics

Last Week’s series of articles in the Belfast Telegraph made very interesting reading.  I have digested what was written and attempted to put some sort of view, on the basis of commonality between the Articles, on what might happen going … Continue reading

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Series of Articles appear in the Belfast Telegraph about bringing normal politics to Northern Ireland

Lat week, a series of articles appeared in the Belfast Telegraph on the initiative of David Gordon.  Mr. Gordon had invited writers from across the political and academic spectra in Northern Ireland to provide ideas as to how Northern Ireland … Continue reading

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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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Orange and Green bigotry compared

In his Newsletter last Friday, Jim Fitzpatrick made an interesting comparison of the opposition by the Orange Order to a proposed visit by the Pope to Northern Ireland with Sinn Fein’s opposition to a proposed visit by the Queen. Highlighting … Continue reading

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A reason why the UUP and the SDLP should leave the Executive and go into full opposition

For the best part of today, we will learn about the scale of spending cuts and tax rises, which are necessary to reduce the size of the UK budget deficit.  Perhaps we should reasonably confident that this Government will at … 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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There will be no new pact between the Conservatives and the UUP

Yesterday I attended the AGM of the Northern Ireland Conservative Party.  Firstly, I express my wishes for the best that can be achieved to Irwin Armstrong, the newly elected Chairman and the other newly elected members of the Committee. When … 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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