A year is a long time in Politics. Grand National Day 2012 and John McCallister was a guest speaker at the SDLP Youth Conference in Beechmount in West Belfast. He had some nice things to say about SDLP, even asking fora good preference to help him save hseat eat at the next Assembly Election in South Down. My recollection is that he was not complimentary about the Alliance Party…even volunteering the preference vote he gave the Alliance Party in May 2011. It was a number between ONE and EIGHT. No more clues.
So Grand National Day 2013 and Slugger O’Toole has a thread, noting that Mr McCallister has said some unpleasant things about SDLP. And the Alliance Party’s apologists among Slugger commentators are falling over themselves to compliment McCallister on noting that the SDLP had retreated behind sectarian barriers. Hmmm
Now sometimes I think that John McCallister and Basil McCrea are Sluggers favourite politicians. And sometimes I think that the Alliance Party are Sluggers favourite political party. But to the surprise of many, the McUnionists have left the UUP but not thrown their lot in with the Alliance Party.
Yet surely a relationship between Liberal Unionists and LetsGetAlongerism is a marriage made in Slugger Heaven.
It is now several weeks since McCallister and McCrea announced they were leaving UUP to form a new party. And yet there is still no new party…which makes me wonder if there is some negotiating going on between the Defectors and the Alliance Party ….perhaps brokered by some ex-UUP people and a ….lobbying company.
The thing is that the Alliance Party will worry about middle party in the so called middle ground. The Women’s Coalition cost the Alliance Party a lot of votes. And McCallister and McCrea have the potential to do the same.
Simple fact is that the Alliance Party NEED the McUnionists.
Slugwait maintains a vigil.