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  1. Comment on Trouble at NI21 mill…
    on 19 April 2014 at 4:07 am

    I just think NI21 are making the exact same mistakes UCUNF made in 2010.

    In saying that UCUNF made a gain on UUP votes, so who knows.

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  2. Comment on Trouble at NI21 mill…
    on 17 April 2014 at 9:59 am

    I think a lot of NI21 people are going to have a nasty shock come May 22nd as their political naivety is crushed.

    They seem to think votes will just fall into their laps, the field of dreams of politics, if we stand – they will come.

    Why vote NI21 when I could vote for a better run party, a party with a better identity with basically the same principles as NI21 – Alliance. And I am not even an Alliance voter!

    NI21 tried to make themselves a big tent party bedded in populism (another one to add to the NI collection) and thus they will fail. They have a communications officer who is a thatcherite (nothing wrong with that per se), they have members in trade unions, Adam Murray calls himself centre-left. And they wonder why they are considered incoherent.

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  3. Comment on NI21 issue open call for council candidates: fresh politics or desperate measures?
    on 5 April 2014 at 11:29 am

    I just can’t see NI21 lasting long after the Euro election.

    They might have had a chance if they solidified a political ethos (centre-right, centre-left, something), but they are just another big tent party who’s members range from social democrat to Thatcherite conservative.

    They are in essence Alliance 2.0 only not neutral on the union and Alliance do politics so much better than they do.

    It is also becoming more and more clear NI21 is just a vehicle for Basil’s ego and career, look at FSB hustings yesterday, it was a joke. I am beginning to see why the NI Conservatives didn’t want Basil McCrea anywhere near the leadership.

    They are clearly not getting the support or the MONEY that they thought they would be getting. NI21 trying to pressure FG to help them get European funding for a Euro Campaign.

    I think NI21 is destined to end up on the dumping ground like so many other past parties. It’s sad because most of the membership are well meaning, but so so politically naïve.

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  4. Comment on Social attitudes within the DUP beginning to drift towards social liberalism?
    on 28 November 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Is there a case to be made that lots of people in the DUP and SF would not be in those parties if not for the orange/green politics? Hence why activists opinions are out of sync with non orange/green issues.

    Maybe that’s why the DUP and SF play up to the orange/green divide, for their own survival if nothing else.

    The normalisation of politics needs to emerge here or NI will always be on the precipice.

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  5. Comment on Theresa Villiers: “I’m extremely pleased that we were able to answer the Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill’s request for a military helicopter…”
    on 27 March 2013 at 1:18 am

    “It would have been wrong to turn away anyone in a position to help, given the dire circumstances that many of the province’s farmers found themselves in. Fair play to Sinn Fein for their maturity.”

    That’s the thing though, normally you would not have to praise a political party in doing this, its a no-brainer.

    Glad to see that SF recognises some uses to the British Military though, whether it is bomb difusion or livestock feeding.

    I don’t think Pete was trying any political pointscoring, just pointing out the irony in it all.

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  6. Comment on Nesbitt: “change happens and if you don’t roll with it then you’ll be left behind”
    on 21 February 2013 at 9:59 am

    Red Lion,

    the party you describe would have an awful hard time differing itself from Alliance, and they would have the edge over a liberal unionist party.

    You may say that Alliance is not unionist – fair enough. But if the only difference is that a LUP is unionist and Alliance is not you automatically push the constituional question to the top when having to explain why you are different to Alliance. The opposite of what is needed.

    A political party has to be different, and if not it has to do stuff better than the other similar parties. That is why the UUP is failing.

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  7. Comment on Nesbitt: “change happens and if you don’t roll with it then you’ll be left behind”
    on 20 February 2013 at 10:44 pm

    Red Lion, it sounds like you just want another big tent unionist party full of socialists, liberals and conservatives that are just not as nasty as UUP/DUP. How will this achieve normal politics?

    Do we really need a big tent party that no-one is quite sure what it stands for… other than the union?

    Love them or hate them, everyone knows what the Conservatives stands for at least.

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  8. Comment on Nesbitt: “change happens and if you don’t roll with it then you’ll be left behind”
    on 20 February 2013 at 1:18 pm

    “What’s the Tory active (door-stepping) membership in NI?”

    Couldn’t tell you Otto.

    Interestingly your idea that NI Cons should have a friendly link with FG is not a bad one.

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  9. Comment on Nesbitt: “change happens and if you don’t roll with it then you’ll be left behind”
    on 20 February 2013 at 11:40 am

    “hope Basil McCrea and John McCallister don’t join the Tories, apparently they are being courted if you go by the supposed headline in tomorrows Belfast Telegraph”

    Its not and easy thing to set up a party Red Lion, you need manpower, time and money – 3 things that a new unionist party would not have. Additionally creation of new parties from the top down generally do not work or have very limited sucess – think Robert McCartney of UKUP or Respect in Britain. Its the worker drones that are important in a party.

    Basil & John say nothing different from what NI Conservatives say, NI Cons are pro-union, non-sectarian, already have a diverse membership, they have money and they have party infrastructure in place. Seems logical to me.

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  10. Comment on SDLP chooses Patsy McGlone to contest Mid Ulster…
    on 26 January 2013 at 2:58 am

    There will be a joint unionist candiate. I have heard.

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