Tom Elliott and UUP disciplne

Dear Member,
First and foremost, on behalf of the Party I would like to convey my thanks to everyone for their support throughout this period of transition. Likewise, I offer my sincere thanks to the Party for electing me as its new Leader. This is a tremendous honour, and I will not be found lacking in my determination to guide and stimulate the Ulster Unionist Party’s resurgence.
One of the first challenges that we, as a Party, must face is the negative media perceptions of division and decline. Having stood in front of 1,000 enthusiastic and committed members at our EGM, there is no doubt in my mind that we have all the ingredients for success.
However, when we air our grievances and divergent opinions in public, we do this Party a great disservice.While I value the contributions that each and every member has to make, the airwaves and the print press are not an appropriate forum for genuine discussion and engagement. I have made my position clear — I want to talk with members at every level in the Party and hear their vision for the future, but that cannot happen when we are set against one another in a public arena.
In an effort to ensure that this Party’s position on any issue is appropriately handled, and to encourage a unified, cohesive group, I would insist that all media appearances and contributions are cleared in advance through the central press office. Statements on constituency issues are, as ever, at the discretion of each individual.
However, when it comes to Party and policy matters, it is my explicit will that all engagement with press receives official approval. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action.
I hope that you will agree that our energies must be focused on building this Party from the inside, and comply accordingly.

Ends.
Eamonn Mallie

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  • Mark McGregor

    Excellent. The main response to an email on party discipline is to leak it.

    UUP are laugh a minute good value.

  • DC

    Ladies and gentlemen that was an open letter by Tom Elliot.

    For more – join up!

  • alan56

    Well I suppose the proof of the pudding is in the eating.. time will tell But starting with this leak does not bode well!

  • dennis

    why join up? they will all be leaked any way

  • DC

    No no, join up to get disciplined.

  • Nordie Northsider

    Well I suppose the proof of the pudding is in the eating..

    Now, Alan, there’s no need for name-calling

  • Anon

    “Having stood in front of 1,000 enthusiastic and committed members at our EGM”

    Don’t worry Tom a couple of cold snaps will soon thin that crowd out…..

  • its a letter to the rank and file isnt it,there for it was bound to be made public mr mallie stiuring the pot as usual

  • dennis

    Is tom elliott still a farmer? just wondering how he can triple job as a farmer/mla and leader of UUP

  • Alias

    The e-mail finding its way to media hacks simply confirms its central thesis, i.e. that self-discipline among party members is lacking and that it is opperating to the detriment of the party. So Mr Elliot is right to tackle the issue, and should duly eject those members whose loyalty lies with factions or self and not with the party.

  • Mark

    All they need now is change the name to DUP. lol

  • i totally agree tom is right good move it shows leadership

  • Neil

    LOL!

  • Ceist
  • Mrazik

    CAP and PPS21

  • John East Belfast

    This is hardly a thread is it.

    Eamon just posts a letter the likes of me got over a week ago and was hardly considered a secret.

    Eamon is just too lazy to even comment on it

  • Martin

    Whether Tom Elliot succeeds or not, I think the Party is institutionally incapable of capping public disagreement. There was no real mechanism for central control in the past. And those administering the centre are neither culturally or in terms of experience in a position to control debate in the modern media world.

  • i totally agree its a non story pretty poor stuff from mr mallie

  • Greenflag

    Well said Comrade Alias Rubashov . The party above all . The UUP are looking for a new Press Officer . Why not throw your Commisar’s hat in the ring and help whip the old codgers into the 20th century ;)?

  • Drumlin Rock

    As far as I know he is no longer actively farming.

  • Drumlin Rock

    With over well over 2,000 of the letters sent it is hardly a leak.

  • Drumlin Rock

    It is up to Eamonns usual standard on slugger though, he is above the fray and cant be expected to converse with us mere commentators.
    Which leads me to ask, why are we forced to see his banal “tweets” every time we log on?

  • Tom
    if this is your vote of thanks to the troops, which we are led to believe it is by the second sentence then time for a new speechwriter.

    The choice it appears was being inspirational or being small minded.

    Not so much

    Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.

    more

    Ask not for whom the bell tolls.

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    A deluge perhaps.

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    oh I love those banal tweets. It always makes me think I have only heard one side of a conversation.
    I like the artsy stuff….it encouraged me to take my painting of dogs playing snooker to a Dublin auction rooms.

  • pia_lugum

    Well done Tom. It is a positive start to re-iterate some basic good manners that appeared to have been lacking.
    Those like T. Ringland who were preparing for ‘open season’ attacks on the new leader through the media to satisfy their own ego’s now know to desist or be disciplined or go. It is the only way to run any organisation, whether political or private.

  • Mark McGregor

    The farm – It hasn’t gone to hay, you know.

  • Mark McGregor

    I don’t know if its a non-story. SF’s tight media management has attracted comment over the years, usually in a negative light. Noting the UUP doing similar with threats of discipline for breaches is therefore pretty valid.

  • Joseph Addison

    Apparently the New Party Enforcer is already in action. Apparently Northern Ireland’s Answer to Jack Dromey Tommy Trucker and Dr Kildare witnessed an Ulster Scott being rugby tackled and disciplined. This man was in a total state of shock as he had already left the pitch so he ran back onto the pitch and informed The Soupman the Orange United Chairman who turned to the Team Trainer and said that’s all the Honeymoon you’ll be getting.

  • dennis

    why is his occupation at the assembly stated as Self Emplyed Farmer?

  • pippakin

    I can understand that he needs to bring his recalcitrant party into line, but is this the way?

  • Seymour Major

    Have a l;ook at Jeff Peel’s latest post.

    There was a bust up at a meeting

    http://jeffpeel.net/2010/10/11/bust-up-at-uup-council/

  • fin

    As a new leader, yes, it’s right to send a letter to members, yes its right to lay out some direction, BUT, its clumsily composed, and very dated in its language, everythings the ‘Party’ instead of the UUP (basic marketing error) and the ‘Party’ keeps changing he thanks them on behalf of the ‘Party’ then he thanks the ‘Party’ then its we the ‘Party’ etc

  • alan56

    Most bloggers on here have been criticising the UUP for years about being undisciplined and prone to airing differences in public. If Elliot is trying to put an end to this then he must gain some credit.. we can’t have it both ways! Time will tell.

  • Eamonn’s other related/unrelated* news today was that the “UUP’s senior press officer Louise Scott broke the news to leader T/Elliott today that she is moving on.”

    Somebody who always seemed organised and helpful – likely to be missed.

    * delete as appropriate

  • dennis

    who was rugby tackled at the UUP executive meeting

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    I dont think that pointing up UUP disorganisation is actually a criticism. I find it rather endearing. WE can rely on so few things in this world……unionist disorganisation is one of the few things we can count on.

  • USA

    Your moniker should be “Punctuation Paul”.

  • really?

  • because it’s better then writing ‘politician’?

    And ‘self employed farmer’ does not mean he’s making a mint. Likely but not a cert.

  • Is the artsy stuff the updates he writes whilst on the whiskey?

  • depends if there’s a paedo or terrorist in the midst of the UUP I guess.

  • unionist or UUP? Bit rich of you superimpose the UUP’s failings on the wider political movement.

  • Joseph Addison

    Further consideration should be given to the annual Party Conference being held at St Angelo Airport and buses from Belfast and East of the Bann would be an added attraction. This policy is to show that the other constituency associations how to win elections with Battle Buses. Search Parties are being sent out to find The Terry Wright Report and a recent unfavourable opinion poll as soon if they are not found. Sniffer Dogs might well need to be brougfht in to achieve this as the New Disciplinary Commission, currently being trained by the Irish FA need to hand out a few red cards to badly behaved thugs who seem to have infiltrated the Captain’s and Managers team talks. A very firm line is advocated against pirate and maverick programme sellers; who are undermining sales of the official programmes. Party games will now include indoor sports like Rugby, Stomach Butting and bare knuckle combat. This will all be done within the membership and thus the Press Office will not be needed.

  • Seymour Major

    If he has cottoned on to the fact that he needs discipline, he probably learned something from his own lack of discipline when the UCUNF project was alive.

  • Munsterview

    double jobbing surely….. herding sheep and the UUP cannot de designated different tasks!

  • Munsterview

    Problem with ‘ on message, on que’ new labor style is then there is usually F….all to say.

  • dwatch

    Seymour Major 11 October 2010 at 8:15 pm
    Have a l;ook at Jeff Peel’s latest post.
    There was a bust up at a meeting

    http://jeffpeel.net/2010/10/11/bust-up-at-uup-council/

    Was it a good decent respectable British rugby tackle or one of those underhand nasty Irish GAA tackles carried out by an overweight senior office holder against a little 10 underweight Newtownabbey Councillor that caused the bust up?

  • Comrade Stalin

    I’d agree, it’s not unusual but the language is very much that of a letter sent home to an unruly kid’s parents by a headmaster. It would have been better to imply the disciplinary part rather than spell it out.

  • Joseph Addison

    Dwatch.
    Apparently the tackle was by a leading supporter of the Captain. This former front row forward claims to have mentored the Skipper since the age of sixteen. This senior coach doubles up as permanent member of the Highest Court in the land.Admittedly he played a different code of Football to his young protege. He could well have had a prematch rub down with that old and well tested embrocation made by a Dungannon chemist called Hennessy.
    This situation which normally calls for a red card no doubt will have to appear before the Sports Diciplinary Committee if someone in the hundred strong crowd at the Park Avenue Stadium makes a protest to Sir Alexander Fleming who is there to enforce the professions code of conduct not to say the rules.
    This could well place the New Team Captain with a very difficult dilemma as his prematch warm up sent to all the world wide supporters(see top of this string as an example) demands a very high standard of behaviour. This should presumably bring all present and former first team players to order. However the Skipper’s latest dik-tat has manifesly failed on its first outing.
    Incidentally another Cup Tie was being played in close proximity by the Scottish Pattern Printers. Whose captain has got major tartan trouble.

  • Cynic

    Tom Elliott leader of the Fermanagh Rump Party (FRUMP) says

    ‘it is my explicit will’

    Aye Tom …..right ……. you will if you want but its what the rest of us will that will count

  • Cynic

    Dear Member,

    First and foremost, on behalf of the Party I would like to convey my thanks to everyone for their support throughout this period of transition – except of course all those members who tore up their membership cards in frustration and stalked off. We know who you are – well, we don’t actually know who all of you are yet – but we will do soon when the votes are counted next year and we are down again.

    Likewise, I offer my sincere thanks to the Fermanagh Branch of the Party with the help of Ulsterbus for packing enough people into the Waterfront Hall to elect me as Leader of almost 1200 Unionsts. May I also take this opportunity to thank the owners of all the good decent Protestant Nursing Homes in Fermanagh who opened their doors for the night having told all their residents that they were going to a concert.

    This election is a tremendous honour, almost on a par with being elected Worshipful Master of Ballinamallard Lodge and I will not be found lacking in my determination to guide and stimulate the Ulster Unionist Party’s resurgence as we move forward towards the 18th Century

    .
    One of the first challenges that we, as a Party, must face is the negative media perceptions of division and decline that have been staring us in the fact for the last 10 years. Having stood in front of 1,000 enthusiastic and committed members at our EGM, many of whom had even turned their hearing aids on for the night, there is no doubt in my mind that we have all the ingredients for success.Of course, the tablets do help with that perception but I am certain that , with a fair wind, next year we can muster over 1050 members as proof of our advance, provided it isn’t too cold a winter and the bad flu stays away

    However, when we air our grievances and divergent opinions in public, we do this Party a great disservice.While I value the contributions that each and every member has to make, having been elected as Great Leader I consider it dangerous, nay malicious, of members to have their own opinions. Making any statements must not be done in any way which might lead to me being asked a question or having to have a policy on any given issue at less than a month’s notice – other than existing well established policies on GAA matches, Gay Peeple and anything connected with Basil McCrea.

    The airwaves and the print press are not an appropriate forum for genuine discussion and engagement that might expose my weaknesses of failings or the party’s total lack of membership and direction. I have made my position clear on this (if on almost nothing else). I do want to hear the views of party members but only when I am available and no-one can record the fact that they disagree with me.

    In an effort to ensure that this Party’s position on any issue is appropriately handled, and to encourage a unified, cohesive group, I would insist that all media appearances and contributions are cleared in advance through the central press office. This will be open to receive such requests between the hours of 1037pm and 1040pm on alternative Thursdays and is easily accessible in the public convenience in Kesh (second cubicle along).

    Statements on constituency issues are, as ever, at the discretion of each individual as they don’t matter anyway (unless they relate to Fermanagh where two thirds of the membership now live)

    However, when it comes to Party and policy matters, it is my explicit will that all engagement with press receives official approval. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action if we can find the rule book or ever catch anybody or do anything about it without exposing even more my weakness.

    I hope that you will agree that our energies must be focused on building this Party from the inside of the telephone kiosk currently being used as party HQs, and comply accordingly. Or else. Honest. I am serious about this. I really am

    Ends.

  • pippakin

    Cynic

    I am fast becoming your biggest fan! I Ieave it to others to decide if that is width or volume.

    Well done!

  • Joseph Addison

    Cynic’
    Another brilliant piece. I have hurt myself reading your superb satire. The only trouble is that if your identity is ever discovered the Disciplinary Committee is too busy handing out Asbos to bar room brawlers.The first hearing will take place when the Great Leader comes back down to earth from the Moon.

  • Progressive Unionist

    Brilliant Cynic.

    You may be talking satire, but your words are far, far closer to the truth than Tom’s were…

  • Progressive Unionist

    “The airwaves and the print press are not an appropriate forum for genuine discussion and engagement that might expose my weaknesses of failings or the party’s total lack of membership and direction.”

    … and that’s exactly what Tom means when he’s trying to shut down criticism of him and the Cabal who put him in the leadership

    – and the fact that the Cabal and their bussed-in leader (who’s support was concentrated mostly in Fermanagh) have no plan for leadership, no plan to lead Unionism in a positive direction and no idea at all of how to reach out to minority communities (nationalists, the LGB community) – let alone make the UUP relevant to modern Northern Ireland voters.

    The Pro-Union Electorate will have their say next May on the UUP’s shameful retreat to archaic, anachronistic 1950s beliefs that are totally out of tune with modern pro-Union Northern Ireland.

  • Progressive Unionist

    Making any statements must not be done in any way which might lead to me being asked a question or having to have a policy on any given issue

    At risk of the threat of physical violence by Tom’s bully-boy supporters on the Executive?

  • Cynic

    By the way, such is the drive toward modernity, resurgence and reinvention that poor Tom has only issued this threat in relation to ” the airwaves and the print press”. Blogging hasn’t reached Fermanagh yet so whatever we say on Slugger is guilt free!!!

  • dwatch

    Joseph Addison 12 October 2010 at 11:56 pm
    Cynic’ ‘Another brilliant piece. I have hurt myself reading your superb satire.’

    I second Joseph and propose Cynic for an honours award for his superb satire. Joseph, the supporter of the team Captain from the Dungannon area should have joined the boxing team at the Commonwealth Games instead of attending UUP meetings. He may have added another medal to the list of Gold & Silver gongs we expect to be returning to Ulster shortly.

  • Cynic

    Thank you for your very kind comments. I hope you get well soon but better that your hurt yourself at that than being ‘rugby tackled’ for speaking out at a UUP Executive Meeting

    Is there anything in the Party rules on beating up fellow members?

  • Joseph Addison

    The most hypocritical thing in the Great Leader’s bulls on Party Discipline is the two totally different reports given of his meeting with the Prime Minister. Obviously The Great Leader went into this meeting totally unprepared, as the Cabal had not informed him of the previous meetings with the Conservatives. So when it was agreed that UCUNF( a name invented by Tommy Trucker and put through in an attempt to emphasis the fact that the UUP was the senior partner in this pact) was a dead duck and that in a Churchillian gesture the Prime Minister suggested a full merger i.e. the UUP into The Conservative Party. The great leader could just possibly have been a tad righteously indignant at this revelation and totally thrown of balance by his ignorance of the previous history.
    So much so that he rang the new official UK Newspaper and spilt the beans to The Impartial Reporter.
    Meanwhile Soupman had a UUP press statement put out on the 28/09/2010. This bulletin never mentions Merger or Take Over offers at all.
    This state of confusion just shows that The Cabal cannot even brief its latest recruit The Great Leader let alone any of the other 17 satellite constituencies of this Great Party.

  • Cynic

    “Soupman” …what a delicious name

  • Joseph Addison

    Cynic,
    Well he has been doing all the UUP’s cooking on behalf of the cabal for the last five years after a long apprenticeship. Claims were made to the Party faithful that he worked for Vanguard in the Ulster Workers Strike when he was nine. Grant you he could be disiplined for having a vivid imagination, he was probably firing on Orange Juice and doling out the red meat at the time. Are you sure it was Ulsterbus and not Donkey Transport that The Great Leader owes his immense victory to.