Ooops…he did it again. Mike Nesbitt that is.
Does he seriously think that he is doing a good job in leading the UUP? Does any member of the UUP think that?
He is a disaster…..but lets be frank. One of the Unionist parties in disarray brings is not something which should concern nationalists.
Losing David McNarry is unfortunate. Losing John McCallister today is careless. Losing Basil McCrea????
The UUP had sixteen seats in the Assembly Election 2011….and has now seen two MLAs defect in very different directions. The UUP now have fourteen seats…and may soon slip to thirteen. It vexates Conall McDevitt of SDLP that UUP will still retain a position senior to SDLP.
On this …Conall is plain wrong. The real scandal is that the Alliance Party on 52,000 votes has two seats on the Executive, allowing the ridiculous David Ford to swagger and prance around as the imagined Leader of Norn Irons third party, rather than the fifth party. And the BBC seemed more than happy to indulge Fords fantasy.
It gives me no pleasure to say that two years ago, I blogged on other sites that the Alliance Party’s tactic, was to secure just one additional Assembly seat…and get that all important Executive seat. Nor does it give me any pleasure to say that I spoke about this to SDLP MLAs and suggested that SDLP needed to direct hostile fire on the Alliance Party. This they n manifestly failed to do.
Granted SDLP thought that they would do better in 2011. And in that context thought that the harmless Alliance Party might be ok with an extra seat. If that is the case then the SDLP strategists got it badly wrong.
The Alliance Party may well claim to be representative in religious terms but it is unknown and even invisible in large areas of Norn Iron….the kinda areas unknown to too many elitist folks in Belfast.
The Alliance Party is no friend of SDLP.
Oh Stop Press: Basil McCrea…he has also left. (that’s the problem with trying to follow events in A different time zone). It’s not just a matter of losing personnel….UUP are losing their senior people. McNarry, McCallister and McCrea were big hitters and will get more media attention than anybody promoted to join Nesbitt and Kennedy. A comeback for Elliott and McGimpsey and Kinahan is capàble…but there is not exactly an abundance of talent on the UUP benches.
Whether McCallister or McCrea stay independent or form a knew party or join Conservatives or Alliance depends on local circumstances.
Alliance needs them. …perhaps as a partner rather than within the Party.