Tag Archives: Tom Elliott

The future is bright but it certainly isn’t Orange

The Orange Order is back in the news again, following the announcement that it has a new Grand Master, Mr. Edward Stevenson. A typical Nationalist reaction to such news was “there goes the new head-honcho bigot” We all need to … Continue reading

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Last minute change in plan by CCHQ devastating to local Conservatives

In the last couple of days, the Chairman of the Northern Ireland regional Conservatives, Irwin Armstrong, has resigned from his office following a decision by CCHQ to renew links with the UUP. The decision has meant that Conservatives will not … Continue reading

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2010 – A Space Odeyssy

For the second time I have broken cover from my self-imposed blogging moratorium.  It is, however, something which touches and concerns the future direction of Conservativism in Northern Ireland.   On October 19th, Eamon Mallie wrote a post on Slugger O’Toole … Continue reading

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Tom gets his pint across

According to a UUP source, the Fermanagh Unionist Association in Enniskillen runs a drinking club.  It is understood to be the only one of its kind in Northern Ireland.  The drinking club has apparently played a crucial role  in the recruitment of the … 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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Paula Bradshaw leaves the UUP

It has now been reported that Paula Bradshaw, previously the UCUNF candidate in South Belfast, has left the ULster Unionist Party. Commenting on Trevor Ringland’s departure a few days ago, Owen Polley said “He quits hot on the heals of the news … 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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