I am not obsessed with the Alliance Party……I just hate the bastards.
It is not rocket science. They are a bunch of unprincipled parasites. And it is hardly my fault that I am the only living person who knows this. ;)
My relationship with the Alliance Party goes back a long way. St Aidans Primary School was the polling staion where I voted in the West Belfast constituency in the Assembly Elections. There was a girl handing out Alliance leaflets. I say without reservation that she was the prettiest girl I ever saw in my life. I avoided the Honey Trap. I voted SDLP.
But I am reminded of the late Julian Critchley the Conservative Party backbencher who claimed that as a young man he was torn between joining the Conservative Party and the Liberal Party….but what swung it for him was that Conservative girls were prettier.
Frankly the Alliance Party are liars. They like to state that they have never been more popular. Well no…..in 2011 they got 51,000 votes and eight seats in a 108 person Assembly…..but in 1973 they got 66,000 votes and eight seats in a 78 person Assembly. Indeed the month before they got 94,000 votes in the local government elections of 1973.
They like to state that they are against sectarianism. Yet in the 1970s and 1980s they were the “pet party” of the Northern Ireland Office and took rather more seats on Quangos that they should have.
Ah but…..they would claim………they were selfless servants of the Public who deserved favouritism because they were “cross community”. Ah yes………but not exactly capable of crossing the River Bann.
But surely the Alliance Party favours ………Fairness. They would be against Gerrymandering. Well not if it is in their interests. Let us look at the figures in 2011.
Alliance Party 51,000 votes (8 seats two Executive seats). SDLP 94,000 votes (14 seats one Executive seat) . UUP 88,000 votes (16 seats one Executive seat). Makes perfect sense ..if you happen to be an Alliance person because one of their Executive seats (Justice) is because they are ………you guessed it “cross community” and in the gift of those patrons of cross community activity ……the DUP and Sinn Féin.
In fairness to the old Unionist regime in Derry, they only wanted to control the west side of the River Foyle. Alliance want to gerrymander all of Norn Iron.
What really annoys me is that I predicted that this might happen before the 2011 Election. But nobody really took me seriously. Alliance flies under the radar. A week before the Election I was a hustings and spoke to a UUP candidate with family connexion to the Alliance Party. He observed that his Alliance relative would be spinning in his grave, knowing how the Alliance Party of 2011 works.
And Behaviour….Decency is an issue. I attended the 2011 Alliance Conference at the Dunadry Hotel (January 2011). The Alliance Partys younger members were boorish buffoons. They see themselves as victims and determined not to be Mr Nice Guy or the Fall Guy any more.
Of course they are cushioned by all that Rowntree money …a staggering £98,000 since 2007. Expressed purpose of the money…to win more seats in the Assembly.
The sense of “entitlement” is as great as unionism at its worst. David Ford’s petulant behaviour in regards to CSI is further evidence that the lapdog of DUP and Sinn Féin is now rabid.