Tag Archives: NI21

SDLP: Signs Of Recovery

I am more of a pessimist than an optimist but I have never bought into the narrative that SDLP is a political party in “managed decline” (Slugger O’Toole passim). It seemed too much like an agenda, driven by people who … Continue reading

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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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Euro Election Results

No real analysis here. Just for the record and to wind up my “results service”, there was no change. The three incumbent MEPs have all been returned. Martina Anderson Sinn Fein Diane Dodds DUP Jim Nicholson UUP Alex Attwood (SDLP) … Continue reading

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Euro Race: Runners & Riders

With the European Election tomorrow, I think it would be a good idea to list the ten candidates that are standing. It might help those who do not live in Norn Iron understand the Spectrum. Three candidates will be elected. … 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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Irish Labour Party Deserves All It Gets

I have no sympathy for the Irish Labour. Nominally a sister Party of the SDLP, it has been remarkably unsupportive of SDLP down the years. I recall a walkout at a 1970s SDLP Conference whenConor Cruise O’Brien …a truly awful … Continue reading

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Quote Of The Week?

Quote of the Week has to be from Ian James Parsley (still a member of the Alliance Party). Writing in his blog about NI21 (and isnt the batlle between Alliance and NI21 heating up nicely?) Mr Parsley (politician and businessman) … Continue reading

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NI21: A Model Party?

With Alliance Internet warriors now attacking NI21 on Slugger O’Toole, I am indebted to “Granni Trixie” , the Boedica of Alliance warrior tribe for the information that NI21s launch was organised by a model agency headed by a model called … 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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