Tag Archives: Basil McCrea MLA

Westminster Election 2015: Lagan Valley

The Results:   It is hard to believe that it is seventeen years since that encounter between Jeffrey Donaldson and a constituent at a polling station. Jeffrey was described as a “very devious young man”. So…Jeffrey romped home in Lagan … Continue reading

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The Great Annual Tweet Up…Part Two (Slugger O’Toole)

I could only stay about forty five minutes at the second event on Thursday 26th March. An informal, social event organised by Slugger O’Toole at the Hudson Bar in Belfast City Centre. To be honest, forty five minutes is the … Continue reading

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NI21…Officially A Joke

The line between Political Reality and Political Fantasy…does it even exist anymore? For the best part of a year, two UUP MLAs, Basil McCrea and John McCallister …two liberals in a notoriously conservative Party…dithered about leaving the UUP. Speculation that … Continue reading

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21st Century Boys

I have to say that I like Basil McCrea and I like John McCallister more. But I am still not sure that the Party they founded (NI21) can make any impact. Being “liked” is not enough. And Basil and John … Continue reading

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Who Let The Dogs Out?

As I predicted….and even a broken clock is right twice a day….Alliance are the Party most affected by the emergence of NI21. Far too early to say if NI21 will have any impact on Norn Iron politics or whether Basil … Continue reading

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NI21 Launch

    Pretty big turnout. Nine rows of ten seats. A group of journos and cameras standing to the right.  Group of staffers and volunteers standing to the left in front of curtains which would be drawn apart to reveal … Continue reading

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John McCallister MLA

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 … Continue reading

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Unionist Outreach RIP

When a LetsGetAlongerist discussion board /weblog spends most of its time in a futile search for nationalist unicorns, it can hardly be surprising that it is enthusiastic  about Mike Nesbitt and Peter Robinson reaching out to pro-union Catholics. Alas Unionist … Continue reading

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Three Tribes

Three years ago I started using a term on a well know political discussion board. The term was (all together now) ….LETSGETALONGERISM. I ventured to suggest that there are three communities in Norn Ireland. Irish/Republican/Catholic and British/Unionist/Protestand….and a third community … Continue reading

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Mid Ulster: Reassuringly A Long Way From Holywood

Well no….that’s not actually what it said on Slugger O’Toole. Mid Ulster is reassuringly predictable and therefore of little interest to people…the Metrotextuals in South Belfast, East Belfast and North Down. Few …if any members of Platform for Change in … Continue reading

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