Alex Kane: Partnership with Sinn Fein Unionism’s Best Available Option

UUP Strategist, Alex Kane, has gazed into the near future and doesn’t like what he sees for unionism. If unionism continues to turn against power-sharing with Sinn Fein, then the future will see ‘British-Irish joint management’ and a local government framework in which nationalism would ‘control’ the majority of the six counties.
Faced with this scenario, he seems to indicate that governing alongside Sinn Fein may be the only means of securing ‘the union.’
Are unionists beginning the hard sell of preparing their community for a Paisley- McGuiness led Executive? If so, then this may be the first sign of senior unionist figures beginning to grasp some harsh political realities.

  • ingram

    Chris,

    Nice one, you can see Austin has gone.

    Martin

  • SpiceGirls

    alex is wetting his pants over nothing. The DUP may be a pile of nutters, but they do stick to their guns (bit like the Ra reallY). They are enforcing the criminality issue hard – and lets face it – its working, the Ra have kept their heads down for the best part of a year!! The money we’re wasting on paying polititions to scratch theor backsides is probably being saved double on reduced fuel and money laundering!! happy days!!
    Are the english ministers doing such a bad job? water charges? we deserve them!
    rates? we deserve them!
    cutting education and health expenditurre? harsh, but if there’s only so much cash in the pot, something is gonna give!!

    quite frankly I have no trust whatsoever in local polititions!! they cater for there own communnities and don;t give a damn about the other side, because the other side will NEVER vote for them. The only fair politics in this country is to have outside polititions dictate to us!! can catholics in ballymena trust big Ian, what about prods in cookstown and Martin?

    The truth is, we can;t be trusted to run our own affairs!! The DUP and SF are nothing short of extreme dictatorships and the scary thing is – they are gonna get bigger and more powerful!! to be a catholic in a unionist area is gonna be hell and vice versa!!

    Keep the English ministers!! at least they ain;t terrorists or extremist preachers!!

  • “Keep the English ministers!! at least they ain;t terrorists or extremist preachers!!

    Yes!
    The Spice Girls hit the nail on the head!

    “Keep the English ministers!! at least they ain;t terrorists or extremist preachers!!”

    That’s “what I want, what I really really want”!

  • John East Belfast

    Chris Donnelly

    “Are unionists beginning the hard sell of preparing their community for a Paisley- McGuiness led Executive? If so, then this may be the first sign of senior unionist figures beginning to grasp some harsh political realities”

    I doubt Alex Kane is in the business of hardselling anything on behalf of the DUP – that’s their problem

    as for senior unionist figures beginning to grasp some harsh political realities – that was done within many in the UUP about 12 to 15 years ago.

    I agree with Alex on his article – my view on sharing power with SF has always been that post cease fire, and certainly post disarmament the job of dealing with SF illegality was for the police and nationalist voters.

    There is no point in unionism saying it wants political stability in NI and then refuse to deal with whoever the nationalists throw at them.
    Trying to ring more proof on their bona fides only leads to more concessions to them and political instability for the rest of us.

    I can only assume Alex is hinting at getting back into government with them sooner rather than later

  • Comrade Stalin

    Spicegirls wibbled :

    Are the english ministers doing such a bad job?

    The point is that whether they do a bad job or not, they cannot be held accountable. They have no motivation to make the right decisions. They essentially leave this place on autopilot and allow it to be run by the civil servants – who have an agenda of their own.

    quite frankly I have no trust whatsoever in local polititions!!

    The argument you are putting forward is essentially the same kind of argument used by the Chinese communist party to block democracy in that country. They say people aren’t ready for a “western” concept like democracy, and elected politicians would be incompetent anyway, so they need us to do it. Democracy’s like that – you don’t necessarily get people that you trust, but at least you put them on the spot so that they can be thrown out if they make a mess of it. Eventually they will work out that they will have to earn your trust – and that is when the really interesting and worthwhile stuff starts.

    John EB, agree with you completely there, and it’s really nice to see unionists talking lots of sense like you and Alex are. There are lots of very good reasons to get SF into government. I’m annoyed that the opportunity to watch SF squirm horribly while their North Belfast MLA opposed the decision by their health minister to close the Mater. It’s that kind of stuff that is really going to change the face of politics here and we all need to start embracing it.

  • Keith M

    “UUP strategist”….. isn’t that a bit of an oxymoron something like “mature student”.

  • heck

    how about “british intelligence”

    or “corporate ethics”

    or “gourmet pizza”

  • We can’t get rid of them again with our proposed system of (mis)governement. If everyone is in governement how do you vote them out?

  • Paul McNickle

    I think that going back into the assembly with Sinn Fein is the only option for Unionism in the short term. Surely the Ulster Unionist Party can realise this and try and get back the middle ground, as the DUP seem politically backed into a corner. The Sunday Business Post contained a great article by a cloumnist about this on Sunday.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    bertie

    Good point. The Assembly Ministers here were only slightly more accountable than the ‘not at all’ accountable Direct Misrule ministers.

  • kensei

    “Trying to ring more proof on their bona fides only leads to more concessions to them and political instability for the rest of us.”

    It also misses a more fundamental political reality. The future will not arrive on a plate, it has to be built. Sinn Fein don’t have a control over the movement that such they can stop every republican from participating in anything dodgy, so it will always fail.

    There are no guarentees, and while people continue to search for problems they wil always find them.

  • páid

    there is a problem here which is the wigfmeibfm problem – what is good for my enemy is bad for me. Must be a snappy acronym there somewhere. Therefore, ipso facto, if unionists start saying Plan A is better (for them) than Plan B, the nationalists start thinking that Plan B would be better than Plan A. (and vice versa in every sense). Thus I see Gerry and the Peacemakers are saying they prefer Plan A but deep down I wonder…

  • lib2016

    Alex still hasn’t got that parity thing – the price of republican co-operation is respect for both Union Jack and Tricolour.

  • John

    Now that the terrorists have been defeated and forced to surrender by the vast majority of the law abiding citizens of NI, and with the GFA in place we can now ensure that the nationalists now have the opportunity to help strengthen NI’s position within the UK and make this small country a valued part of the UK, the same as Scotland, Wales and England.

    Also, unionists can be confident that with a properous NI within the UK, large numbers of new people will come to NI to live and work, and probably apply for British citizenship and vote to keep the union with the UK.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Alex still hasn’t got that parity thing – the price of republican co-operation is respect for both Union Jack and Tricolour.

    I suspect Alex understands this better than a lot of the chuckies who wave the tricolour forgetting what the orange part of it signifies.

  • Dave

    Now that republicans and nationalists have got the message that unionists can’t be bombed into a united ireland they opt for the democratic route pity they didn’t think of that 40 years ago?

    What sort of Country would Northern Ireland have been had the republican/nationalist bomb and ballot box tactics worked?.

    It took Three governments. British/Irish/American and an international terrorists organisation IRA/SF and many acts of betrayal by all of the above to force the unionists people of Northern Ireland into sharing government with terrorists.

    No one would disagree to the fact that unionists are between a rock and a hard place (thanks to betrayal by Blair) but you just have to admire the unionists for their sheer courage and determination (still standing)and undefeated.