Nigel Lutton did all he could do in Mid Ulster. Unionist “unity” worked. But probably at the price of boxing itself into a ghetto…and we can all treat any talk of unionist outreach as risible. Indeed it was risible last year….but letsgetalongerilove dappled it up….and they look a bit daft now.
UUP has certainly lost two MLAs but certainly there was no appetite in Mid Ulster for the kind of type of politics espoused by Basil McCrea and John McCallister. which will also disappoint letsgetalongerists.
Do Catholic Unicorns exist? Do Liberal Unionists exist?
Unionists will be pleased that the Flegs protests had no effect on their vote. If anything it helped them.
But how can unionists, particuarly UUP cash in? Well lets take the Euro Elections. Will DUP endorse Jim Nicholson? Or will Nicholson go to the House of “Lords” and UUP select…..oh lemme think….Mike Nesbitt?
And in 2015 there are the Westminster Elections. The Fermanagh-South Tyrone seat is a winnable seat. Four votes majority, a lower Gildernew profile, SDLP revival….should be enough.
But clearly, the UUP will stand aside for DUP….and the DUP might reciprocate by persuading veterans like Rev Willie McCrea to stand down and go to the”Lords”. There might also be scope for deals in South Belfast and Strangford.