Tag Archives: Sectarianism

Robinson is moving the DUP towards becoming a moderate party

Following my last announcement that I would be resting from blogging for a while, a story by the BBC has just caught my eye.  Now it goes without saying that I can not resist reading the political rune sticks. It is … Continue reading

Posted in Conservative Party, Conservativism, DUP, Northern Ireland Centre-Right, Northern Ireland politics, Peter Robinson, Religion, Stormont, UK Politics, Unionism, UUP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Basil McCrea, Conservative Party, Conservativism, David Cameron, General Election, Identity, Ideology, Irwin Armstrong, Nationalism, New Party, Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Centre-Right, Northern Ireland politics, Stormont, Toxicity, UK Politics, Unionism, UUP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

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

Posted in Basil McCrea, Identity, Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland politics, Orange Order, Religion, Stormont, Tom Elliott, Unionism, UUP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Basil McCrea, Conservative Party, Northern Ireland Centre-Right, Northern Ireland politics, Tom Elliott, Unionism | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Basil McCrea, Good Friday Agreement, Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland politics, Sinn Fein, Stormont, Unionism, UUP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Belfast Telegraph, Conservative Party, DUP, New Party, Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Centre-Right, Northern Ireland politics, Tom Elliott, UUP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in David McNarry, Northern Ireland Centre-Right, Stormont, Unionism, UUP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments