UUP must reform or die…


AS the UUP continues to tear itself apart with in-fighting, the News Letter over the past day or two has been like reading an extended obituary for the party. Today, the only UUP MP warned that Sir Reg badly needed to reform it, with Reg giving the excuse that he had been thwarted inside the UU Council and sidetracked by elections. Things might get resolved if Saturday’s AGM motion gets the ball rolling – but don’t bet on it, as the party is highly resistant to change. Nick Garbutt offers some words of wisdom here, and while it is as clear as day that the party needs root and branch reform from top to bottom, if it doesn’t happen quickly, instead of the glacial pace it has favoured, the UUP will die. Unionists appear fed up with hand-wringing, whining excuses and blaming others. When even David Trimble says he has no problem with his new party trying to overthrow the one he led for a decade, you know that reserves of sympathy and loyalty are running low for a party that has the appearance of dying a slow death.