There is nothing inevitable about the demise of the UUP. So argues Henry Patterson in yesterday’s Sunday Life. He lists the party’s substantial electoral assets in the wake of what was by any reckoning, a bad performance: 127,000 votes in the Westminster election; 111 seats to the DUP’s 178 in the local government elections; and 24 seats in the Assembly. He cites Liam Kennedy’s observation that none of NI’s political parties have managed to break out of the ‘ethnic autism’ which has kept them all firmly within the boundaries of one community. A Shared Future anyone?
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