Tag Archives: Unionism

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

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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

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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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Ian Parsley on the resignation of the two Harries as the UUP reels from more defections

Ian Parsley has written two posts in relation to the recent defections from the UUP. The latest was about Harry Hamilton. Both are worth a read. However, the first one, following the resignation of Harry Dunlop to the UUP slices … Continue reading

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Conservatives entitled to be proud of the Anglo-Irish Agreement

A little over two months ago marked the passing of the 25th Anniversary of the Anglo-Irish Agreement. The anniversary resulted in posts by Brian Walker of Slugger O’Toole and by and other articles by Newspaper journalists across Ireland. One of … Continue reading

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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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