Lord Alderdice leaves the Alliance party…

In the wake of an interview with Daily Ireland some weeks back, it seems that Lord Alderdice, chair of the IMC, has decided to leave the Alliance party.

  • Stephen Copeland

    Did he turn out the light after himself?

  • crataegus

    Always pondered as to why the Alderdices of this world end up in such positions and the Eamonn McCanns don’t.

    Both have integrity but ones views are seen as safer that the other? And they wonder why public interest in politics is in decline.

  • Kathy C

    posted by Kathy C

    Hi all,

    ahhhh it will be interesting to see if the brit’s set up a shadow assembly or something else if Alderice will be given a special position and the brits and Irish gov’t can claim the new position with Alderice shows that it is neutral rather than pandering to dup or sinn fein…interesting to see what happens

  • crataegus

    Alderice neutral?

  • crataegus


    AlderDice obviously

  • Comrade Stalin

    Of course Alderdice is neutral. Nobody ever seriously disputed his position while he was assembly speaker. The chuckies just don’t like him because the IMC called a spade a spade.

    Before anyone rushes forward to accuse Alderdice of being sympathetic to unionism or loyalism, remember that not long ago his brother had to endure continuous protests by loyalist thugs outside of his house after the Alliance councillors in Belfast voted for Alex Maskey, and had to take his kids to school past them shouting abuse. Not quite Holy Cross – but shades of it. Unionists at the time studiously avoided condemning the protests.

  • Belfast Gonzo


    That’s only half of it, I think David has gone through at least as much shit as John did from one faction or another.

    At least someone remembers the venom and violence that Alliance has put up with – from both sides. Unlike others, they have rarely played the victim card, even when justifiable.

  • crataegus

    Comrade & Gonzo

    There are those that dispute Alliance leanings, but that is a separate issue and depends on your view on what constitutes the centre ground.

    The point that I am making is that there are lots of people who are as it were ‘neutral’ on issues surround the border but less, let us say, anodyne in their general political views. Yet there is always an over representation of types like Alderdice and that means that that general ethos and value set is over represented in Quango land.