Alliance Lose Seat

Less than a week ago, an Alliance Party Councillor ….Patrick Clarke (Down Council) made it all the way to the front page of the “Sunday Life” newspaper.

A sordid little story………seemingly involving his “Twitter” announcement of his engagement to a woman ……which was a bit er premature. Cllr Clarke…….so far as I am aware… still a member of the Alliance Party. All enquiries (according to Cllr Clarke) should be addressed to the Press Office at Alliance Party HQ.

Those Press Officers at Alliance Party HQ are going to be busy people. A Councillor in North Down  has just resigned from the Party. Apparently Cllr Adam Harbinson has quit over the issue of Gay Marriage.

Apparently he has shown up at the DUP Conference and might be defecting. Ironically Harbinson was co-opted to replace veteran Cllr Tony Hill who died some months ago.

Apparently Andy Muir, the “leader” of Alliance in North Down thinks that Harbinson should now resign from the Council because he “has no moral authority”. I dont know how Muir feels about the Alliance Party having the moral authority to have TWO Executive seats from 52,000 votes while UUP have one from 90,000 votes and SDLP have one from 93,000 votes.

Of course Alliance Party are always proclaiming their position on the high moral ground. Hypocrites.

Ha Ha Ha…….Paddy Clarke HAHAHA.

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25 Responses to Alliance Lose Seat

  1. factual says:

    They better be careful, they don’t have that many to begin with.

    Here, what do you think of the new crop of Alliance MLAs – Dickinson and Little? Little was educated at Harvard and presumably a rising star?

  2. factual says:

    By the way I think your criticism of Alliance is a bit silly. This man was not elected he was appointed by Alliance,. So it is a bit much for him to defect to the DUP after only a few weeks.

    • No he was not appointed by Alliance.
      He was recommended by Alliance and he was co-opted by the full council.
      It is a courtesy extended by all councils across Norn Iron.
      And a good idea… it protects small parties in Electoral areas that are multi-seat .
      If Alliance dont know their own membership well enough that they select somebody who was going to defect eight months later…….Alliance clearly screwed up.

      • factual says:

        Well if this was SF and a person SF had nominated had defected within months we in SF would be asking him to resign. And quite right too.

      • “we in SF” gotcha……although when Billy Leonard left SDLP and defected to Sinn Féin in January 2004 “you in SF” didnt ask him to resign……
        so Sin Féin would be hypocrites in a case like that wouldnt they?

      • factual says:

        Billy is a protestant and has no complaints about how SF treated him. SDLP clearly didn’t to a great job in retaining him #somuchforsdlpoutreach

      • Youre not listening it are ya?
        You say that Alliance were right to ask Adam Harbinson to resign his council seat.
        But SF were happy to have Cllr Billy Leonard to defect from SDLP to SF…..they didnt think he should resign.
        So Double Standard.

  3. hoboroad says:

    Adam Harbinson’s Facebook profile states:

    About Adam

    I have always been politically aware, if not politically active. I was in the Ulster Unionist Party in the late sixties/early seventies. Those were the days of ‘Vote early, Vote often’ when gerrymandering was considered the norm in the interest of maintaining a Protestant State for a Protestant People.

    But an Alliance heart beat in my breast, before there was an Alliance Party. I’ll tell you why I can say that. David Ford was being interviewed on TV one evening. The interviewer asked, ‘What is your position on the Border?’ And David answered, ‘Anyone who knows anything about the Alliance Party knows that we’re not too concerned about lines on a map!’

    Within a week a was a member, six months later I was selected to stand as an Alliance candidate in the May election, another six months on and I became Chairman of the North Down Association of the Party, and now I’m an Alliance Councillor following in the footsteps of the late Alderman Tony Hill – a great public servant.

    Local politics is all about serving all the people at their point of need regardless of age or religion or gender or creed or ethnicity. And that’s what I commit myself to.

    • Hmmm a Larne newspaper.

      • factual says:

        It would add to Peter Robinson’s narrative about attracting diverse people to his party. DUP are likely to seduce him.

      • Well hes not that diverse.
        Actually youre pretty diverse yourself, admiring DUP, Alliance and being a member of Sinn Féin

      • factual says:

        I don’t admire Alliance and I don’t admire DUP politically.

      • factual says:

        Anyhow you have vacillated flip-flopped and wavered back and forth between political parties while I have stuck with SF from the outset so I don’t need to take any lectures from you SDLP boy.

      • Ah you seem to forget that I have only been a member of ONE political Party (SDLP). I have voted for Sinn Féin and SDLP. Thats called Democracy.
        I might also point out that I have never stood for any kinda election or public office. I have never knocked any door and asked any person to vote for me on any party manifesto……..and then casually joined another political party…….like your party colleague Billy Leonard did in January 2004.
        Surely even you see the difference.
        In not seeing the difference, you are indeed entitled to a lecture on the difference.
        If you dont like it…….

      • factual says:

        Look as I understand it you left the SDLP after a dispute and then voted SF.

      • Then you understand wrong.
        And for a man who has spent the entire day going thru this Blog, thats very shoddy research.
        I was a member of SDLP in West Belfast (Falls Branch as it was then called) from 1973 to 1979.
        I was briefly a member of SDLP in Dungannon until either 1981 or 1982.
        I left when I married and moved to a new area. Reasons …..marriage, lack of attachment to the new area and politics being on “hold”.
        I continued to vote SDLP until I had a dispute with a SDLP member (an entirely non political issue) in February 1993 and I voted SF at every election since (with a degree of conviction after 1998) until 2009.
        My wife who holds fewer grudges than me has always voted SDLP……..which made us a broadly pan-nationalist household.
        Got it?

      • factual says:

        Did you vote SF in the June 1994 Euro election?

  4. hoboroad says:

    Remember in the past when Politicians used to say I didn’t leave the party the party left me when they defected to another party. Boy have times changed.

    • There is a kinda ritual routine. The bounder must resign and stand for re-election. The first that I recall was a Desmond Donnelly a Welsh Labour MP, who left Harold Wilson’s Labour Party.
      The roll of shame includes Dick Taverne (Labour to New Democrats I think) Christopher Brocklebank-Fowler (Conservative to SDP I think), the mass exodus of Labour people to SDP…Shaun Woodward (Conservative to Labour).
      I honestly dont know how they have the nerve to think they are “honourable”. They might well think they have a mandate from the electorate but few if any got elected on the strength of their stunning personality.
      Most got elected on a Party ticket.

      Yet we have this bizarre ritual of calling for resignation when the bounder leaves “our” party and a hearty welcome to the “heroic visionary” who joins “our” party.

  5. hoboroad says:

    Of course there is something far worse. A politician who stays in a party and causes as much damage as possible inside the party before defecting to another party.

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