Burnside: non-runner plays catch-up and falls down…

ALMOST a year after another South Antrim MLA suggested a voluntary coalition to overcome the political impasse, David Burnside follows the lead – although he seems to favour a kind of glorified regional administrative super council, rather than a proper parliament to run things. No-one, in particular nationalists but including many unionists, would accept a regional government here with most powers still being held by Westminster. The Tele has already written his idea off.

Equally, the DUP would be mad to unite with the UUP at a time when they are ripe for self-destruction. Even Burnside’s article is a clear attempt to undermine his own leadership again.

The question is – would Mr Burnside, an experienced master of the policy shift, be so pleased with his ‘new’ idea if any voluntary coalition did not include his own party? I doubt it. His entire article seems to have one aim – to exclude Sinn Fein from office.

Anyway, the Review of the Agreement moved on from this ballpark months ago, although the idea of a voluntary coalition is unlikely to die completely.

  • alex s

    its hard to argue with a man of such impecable judgement, apart from when he was thrown out of the UDR, got caught drunk in his car and of course got sacked from BA

  • willowfield

    What an ass. The guy is completely out of touch with political realtity.

    He’s 20 years too late with his suggestion of a voluntary coalition with the SDLP. The SDLP might have been interested in the early 1980s.

    But in the early 1980s, Burnside was opposed to power-sharing! He finally comes round to the idea out of desperation when it is too late.

  • Michael Shilliday

    He does raise some interesting points, as a Unionist, it is impossible to say I wouldn’t like to see everything he proposes. What should happen, and what will or even can happen are not the same however.

  • alex s

    the problem with Burnside apart from his past is that he never seemed committed to devolution, in the past he has been discribed in the media as ‘London based’, something I suspect he finds perfectly agreeable.

    PS Micheal you should be off with trhe great and the good beside the seaside surely

  • Michael Shilliday

    As you well know alex, I am but a poor student. I’m going in the morning, cheaper that way!

  • Davros

    What’s happening tomorrow Michael ?

  • davidbrew

    the federation of lemmings and associated trades annual conference , davros ;0)

  • North Antrim Realist

    Does anyone suppose the DUP would take him on a free transfer like Donaldson, Foster and Beare there are others they can have as well.

    If they did the DUP thought police would ensure we would never hear from them again ……… thankfully.

  • stephen nicholl

    Given that the DUP and sinn fein will have the veto over progress in two weeks and the only alternative being suggested (from the shinners) is joint authority its amazing how many from the pro-agreement camp (including the DUP) are prepared to simply allow the train to run into the wall without suggesting what should come after. From all of those who say the DUP haven’t got it in them to do a deal I hear no suggestions as to what comes next. But then since they appear to run on automatic pilot simply nodding when DT tells them I should expect no more. I don’t agree with all the Burnside has written but at least he has some ideas and wants to open debate. The cultists in the party seemed to have once again missed the point.

  • willowfield

    What next? A call for a return to pre-1972 Stormont? How about that for an alternative?

  • Michael Shilliday

    Ah the return of Cllr Nichol. Come on then Stephen, what IS the alternative if Burnside is wrong and I’m brainless?

  • jonty

    stephen nicholl , if you think you can lead the UUP better than DT has then why did you not keep your word and challenge him for the leadership of the party. Maybe the fact that youre a nobody had something to do with it.

    Ah well, just keep following burnside, you deserve each other

  • ShayPaul

    I see Burnside did a runner at the start of the conference after using the classical “political pigmy” line, and silly me thought that only applied to Christopher Stalford.

  • Moderate Unionist

    Jonty
    I thought you a little harsh on stephen nicholl. He made a reasonable point in a reasonable manner.

    However, I agree that Mr. Burnside’s proposals appear unrealistic. The agreement (or some modest variation of it) or joint authority would appear to be the only game in town for the foreseeable future.

    Mr. Burnsides remains at odds with his party and this is a problem for him, his party and the electorate.

  • jonty

    moderate unionist, maybe youre right, i was a little hard on stephen, even he doesnt deserve to be lumbered with burnside

  • alex s

    At the UUP conference I had an interesting discussion about Burnside with a fellow MLA, he summed up Burnside as someone who at least within the assembly group never ‘sits down for a bit of crack’, and not being interested in what anyone else thinks, in other words a ‘one man band’.

  • North Antrim Realist

    Burnside loves to dish it out he can’t however take it ………. he is also right, he is an arrogant egotist … unfortunately with little foundation in his case.

    He, like some other UUP members, is also probably too snobbish to join the ‘masses’ in the DUP; mixing with the ‘riff raff’ is possibly not his thing. I suspect if he wasn’t he would have joined them last year or maybe they just didn’t want him ………… have any UUP or DUP members got a view on this?

  • davidbrew

    At the UUP conference I had an interesting discussion about Burnside with a fellow MLA, he summed up Burnside as someone who at least within the assembly group never ‘sits down for a bit of crack’, and not being interested in what anyone else thinks, in other words a ‘one man band’.

    who does he think he is-David Trimble?

  • stephen nicholl

    and as I thought all the usual suspects surface, launch into personal abuse but don,t address the issue. If as they believe the DUP is not up for a deal then what is their alternative? or are they waiting to be told by DT what their next political thought should be? If the DUP does a deal then what is our position, to accept they they have delivered what we couldn’t deliver or look at the option of being in opposition.

    The idea of “sitting down for a bit of crack” with Dermot, McNarry, etc would fill very few people with enthusiasm

  • jonty

    stephen you raised the issue of alternatives but have yet to offer any of your own