DUP founding member resigns

More evidence of disgruntlement within the DUP ranks this morning as one of the founders of the party, George McConnell, has resigned from the party, stating, “I helped put them where they are; now I wouldn’t even vote for them.”

  • Henry94

    ““I helped put them where they are; now I wouldn’t even vote for them.”

    Reminds me of that Human League song.

    Don’t you want me Paisley.

    That will be in my head all day now,

  • Inspector Clouseau

    It is a fact that there was always going to be a large percentage of party faithful that would never share power with SF. I am told by an outgoing DUP MLA that the leadership including Paisley have been resigned to losing some supporters for some time now.

    It is all about management of the fall-out now.

  • Henry,

    Excellent observation. I wonder if Arlene and Iris could be the two girls in the video which accompanied the song concerned?

    I wonder will the Doc allege George McConnell has also been “go at” ????

  • Comrade Stalin

    More evidence of disgruntlement within the DUP ranks this morning as one of the founders of the party, George McConnell,

    George who ?

  • Maitiú Ó Garmaile

    A narrow-minded bigot, he will not be missed as we move towards a shared future.

    The DUP appear to have sold out their 100% hardline approach to politics.

    About time, what use are people like George McConnell in politics if they could never share power.

    He obviously swallowed Paisley’s NEVER NEVER NEVER speeches a bit too much.

  • slug

    The only worrying thing about this story is Chris Donnelly’s apparrent happiness to blog it. This suggests that he wants a split in the DUP.

  • Henry94

    slug

    I think it might be even worse news for the UUP. If you are a moderate unionist who supports the agreement the smart vote might be to prop up the DUP against the dissidents.

    That could be a disaster for Sir Reg and his party.

  • happiness

    What Nationalist wouldn’t want to see a split in the DUP?

  • Maybe the SDLP could vote for Sir Reg and the gang?

  • Henry94

    David

    Only if they could pick the leader.

  • Greenflag

    ‘what use are people like George McConnell in politics if they could never share power.’

    When the world is black or white and the devil is always bad and the Lord is always good (even when he sends a flood to New Orleans or Jakarta or a famine to Africa )then it’s only logical and biblical that you can never sit down in the same room with the Moabites but instead should smite them repeatedly as the good Lord hath commanded . Should they smite ye back then ye must continue to smite them further (You can refer to the Bible’s Old testament for the bloodthirsty gory details )

    Of course McConnell is no doubt a decent man probably kind and generous to his friends and family , neighbours , lodge members and possibly even the occassional Catholic or Fenian who crosses his path . But it’s just his internal neuron connections that condemn this man of high principle to the political desert . Politics is the art of the possible and of eventual compromise . The ‘trick’ is knowing when the time is right for the compromise/sell out.

    It would be a mistake to assume from this that the compromisers always win out . History has a habit of not working out the way we assume it might .

  • gerry & the peacemakers

    The only worrying thing about this story is Chris Donnelly’s apparrent happiness to blog it. This suggests that he wants a split in the DUP.

    Slug

    Slug, but it wasn’t worrying when SF were taking on their hardliners and it was all over Slugger?

    Anyway, it is good to see all the main parties having their difficulties and how they deal with them. It appears the UUP are going nowhere and are not in a position to challenge the DUP.

    SDLP are a shambles and Durkan’s embarrasing ‘clarification’ was … embarrasing. One elected rep from the SDLP told me that Durkan talks to nobody in his party and does things ‘from the hip’. This recent attempt to be the nationalist tough guy has totally backfired.

  • Ca Va

    See Eastwoods have a nice photo of Stormont up on site and odds on an Assembly by 26th March.
    Yes is 3/5 NO is 6/5. Win Only!
    Would not like to bet on the 26th part!

  • parcifal

    Greenflag,
    that’s your best post in a long time; well done for having a good go at unpicking and explaining b1gotry. I think you succeeded.

    Now I must go and “repartition” my hard drive.
    { gulps } oops perhaps I shouldn’t have said that;)

  • GavBelfast

    And so the CD / FD attention-shifting ding-dong goes on.

    Doing a great job lads!

  • Greenflag

    parcifal,

    I endeavour to give satisfaction 🙂 Those who seek the holy grail are destined never to find it but the search often yields interesting results . It’s those connecting neurons that enable even such as Parcifal to distinguish their CD Rom Drive from their coffeee mug holder 🙂 and to discern the true bigot from the Pale faced imitation

    As an aside do not try to sing the Marseillaise in the English translation tomorrow . It makes the Soldiers Song and Star Spangled Banner and even the Horst Wessel Lied, sound almost dove like in peaceable intent 🙂

    I’m not sure if it was a Frenchman who said he liked Germany so much that he preferred it when there was two of them. The same sentiment may be applicable to NI 🙂

  • Greenflag

    Ca va,

    Heads there will be a Stormont – Tails there won’t be. Should the coin lands on it’s edge and continue spinning in circles-we’ll know for certain that plus ca change plus c’est la meme chose 🙁

  • McConnell won’t be the last person to walk away. That said, the DUP’s real managerial problems will not develop this side of the election, one suspects. Also, the UUP is far too weak to take advantage of any discontent with the DUP.

  • Watchman,

    I think you make the key point. Yes the DUP is going to suffer further fragmentation but the UUP are so inept that the degree of fragmentation will be limited. Robinson must be praying every night for Sir Regg – the gift that keeps on giving.

  • pete Whitcroft

    UUP and SDLP are being treated like Alliance, because DUP and SF are now the Lundys.

  • Truth and Justice

    The only Lundys are the fools who cant see the DUP have forced Sinn Fein into support the rule of Law and Order and the Police!

  • Intelligence Insider

    So, Truth & Justice, one can take it from your post above that you obviously believe that sinn fein/ira are supporters of both the Police and of Law & Order.

    In your rush to try and ensure that a former chief of staff of pira becomes, in effect, joint first minister of this country, perhaps you’ll spare a thought for those who actually fought on the side of Law & Order in the police and other organisations.

    I know it’s always been the DUPe’s policy to call anyone who disagrees with them a Lundy, but to stoop as low as to call someone who doesn’t believe the provos support the above, a Lundy is absolutely amazing.

    I’ve always voted UUP, then all other unionists right down my voting slip. Your comments have just ensured that I, for one, will not be giving ANY vote to ANY DUP candidate at this election or ever again.

  • BillyO

    Slug

    “The only worrying thing about this story is Chris Donnelly’s apparrent happiness to blog it. This suggests that he wants a split in the DUP”.

    Slugger was quite happy to have numerous postings dealing with the dissention within Sinn Fein over the policing issue.

    That’s fair enough. The dissention was a political fact and was rightly publicised.

    Are you trying to pretend that the DUP aren’t experiencing the same sort of internal dissention as Sinn Fein?

    It’s obvious that they are and this too is a political fact.

    So, what’s your problem with postings publicising the obvious dissention within the DUP?

  • slug

    BillyO:

    The ‘loving the pain of others’ tendency that is evident among the people who comment and write here worries me more than the fact there is disagreement within political parties.

  • Observer

    Isn’t it amazing the way some of the outgoing DUP MLA’s who presented themselves as “Super Prods” during the time since the Belfast Agreement, with their actions and their tough words, have suddenly been struck dumb. Not a word from them to criticise the Belfast Agreement Mark 11 dropped on them at St Andrews.Can anyone find the magic words in the Mark 11 version that has silenced the “Super Prods” or made Mark 1 suddenly acceptable? Would I be too cynical to suggest that it was easy to mouth off whilst the old salary and office expenses were rolling in but now that there is a possibility of the gravy train coming to a halt its best to keep the old mouth shut? Its shows how desperate they are to get back on the train when they signed the resignation letter. Who said principle goes out the windows when bank notes are waved? Surely not the “Super Prods”?

  • Comrade Stalin

    ..The only worrying thing about this story is Chris Donnelly’s apparrent happiness to blog it. This suggests that he wants a split in the DUP..

    I think the notion that people shouldn’t blog things for fear of making a problem worse is ridiculous. In any case, this article was already published in several newspapers.

    Furthermore, you can be sure that the election campaign will involve a lot of this type of thing. You can expect SF to use the DUP’s difficulties as a sign that they have the unionists on the run; and you can expect the DUP to do likewise.

    BTW this George McConnell character sounds like he’s blowing his own trumpet quite a wee bit. “I helped put them where they are” ? What exactly did this guy do ? I’d say the DUP’s success has a lot more to do with clever strategy on the part of Dodds and Robinson.

  • I wonder…

    Never heard of him meself. In order to progress, one must shed the unsatisfiable. Thus SF shed Mr O’Bradaigh and the DUP shed their own marginals.

    Those who formerly occupied the latter territory (McCrea) must now be regarded as mainstreamed into a party bound for government. People change as does the perceived destiny of their party. If you were a DUP member, would you rather be Ivan Foster (Minister) or Minister McCrea? That’s politics for you.

  • Nevin

    DUP shamelessly lobbying for the Loyal Order vote?

  • darth rumsfeld

    …is rather more intelligent than UUP shamelessly squandering the Loyal order vote- like the time an unnamed First Minister refused to respond to a request for a meeting on derating halls

  • Nevin

    “an unnamed First Minister”

    There’s been more than one?

  • trier

    lol, he must have seen that appalling DUP party political broadcast!!

  • Crataegus

    Observer

    anyone find the magic words in the Mark 11 version that has silenced the “Super Prods”

    The silence of the lambs.

  • Kes

    I, as I am sure many others are, hope that the DUP have an unsuccesful election campaign. Lets hope the UUP begin to claw back some more seats in response to the recent revelations that have been occuring within the DUP. Personally I feel the DUP are an embarrasement to the Unionist population of NI. How can we trust the DUP when they can’t even trust themselves? They are like children who are always looking for an excuse to not share power with Sinn Fein, and continuosly Sinn Fein make the DUP look like clowns! The new election broadcast for the DUP is typical and I didn’t expect anything diferent. Haven’t they realised that this is 2007? The IRA are decommissioning and Sinn Fein have signed up to policing. The DUP has asked all the questions…Sinn Fein have answered them all! Are the DUP are running out of questions? Or is it just becoming even more clear what we already knew?…DUP IS ANTI-CATHOLIC! Let’s hope we get some Unionists in government who HAVE A PURPOSE…UUP. The DUP just have to realise that if they give a little they will get a little! As Sinn Fein have been giving plenty, but the DUP has been like a selfish child……and hasn’t gave anything back.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Kes, time to cut the crap and let’s be honest here. The UUP are a pointless, burnt out, spent force. They have no direction at all.

    Whatever the unionist backlash is, you must be joking if you think it will result in votes for the UUP. I have a feeling that whatever happens, the DUP will be cushioned to an extent by their reputation for a high standard of domestic constituency work. I am not a unionist, but I can tell you that the DUP are very highly regarded where I live as people who get things done. The local UUP types are a bunch of wasters.

  • Kes

    In response to comradestalin….i would just like to say that i aint suggesting that the votes are jsut going to change all of a sudden to UUP …..I am just saying that i think the DUP wont get as many votes this time around. I live in North Belfast and the UUP MLA Fred Cobain is highly known for his extremely hard work in the north belfast constituency. A lot of people that i have talked to in recent weeks have been saying that Dodds and co. have done nothing for them and that they believe the DUP do nothing for the community. Also if you read one of the letters in the shankill mirror sent in by an unamed community worker…you will see that people are begining to see that the DUP have done nothing and have claimed that they have done all this hard work when they have done none of it! it also ended by sayin “you can guess who i wont be voting for next time round”

    I aint sayin that the UUP are goin to clean up, that is simply fairytale stuff….however a few people are sayin that it is no longer 1 way traffic anymore. The UUP WONT automatically get votes from here there and everywhere…however those boarderline DUP supporters may just vote sway towards the UUP this time instead of voting for that DUP nonsense (in my opinion)

  • Kes

    PS—-may i also add to the above note that the DUP are the party with no direction what so ever—-they are the party which cant look forward and are just anti-catholic

  • Comrade Stalin

    I live in North Belfast and the UUP MLA Fred Cobain is highly known for his extremely hard work in the north belfast constituency.

    I used to live in North Belfast, a place where the UUP has been more or less completely wiped out in the past seven or eight years. Cecil was typical of the example of the do-nothing UUP MP who sat back and put his feet up knowing that the tribal vote would sort him out. For all Cobain’s supposed hard work, it obviously hasn’t done him any favours, in the last assembly election he trailed in fifth place, and probably got in only because the DUP didn’t manage their vote properly.

    A lot of people that i have talked to in recent weeks have been saying that Dodds and co. have done nothing for them and that they believe the DUP do nothing for the community.

    Cobblers. The DUP have consistently topped the polls in North Belfast for the past six years, and there is no indication that this will stop. I don’t particularly like that fact, but UUP-style head in the sand stuff isn’t what’s going to change it.

    PS—-may i also add to the above note that the DUP are the party with no direction what so ever—-they are the party which cant look forward and are just anti-catholic

    Yeah, and the UUP’s link with the Orange Order isn’t ?

  • The Clockwoman

    Just at work and my colleage and I were just thinking about spending £150 and running for MLA. Anyone want to vote for us?

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