“Had to be dragged kicking and screaming..”

Ahead of the Northern Ireland constituency organisation’s inaugural meeting tonight, the Labour Party’s Boyd Black talked to Jim Fitzpatrick and Mark Devenport on Stormont Live. He was also on Hearts and Minds last week.

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  • slug

    In this context its interesting that SDLP blogger, El Blogador, champions the SNP over Labour in Scotland.

  • slug

    An historic day.

  • Quagmire

    Another fragmentation for Unionism. No nationalist will vote for them. They won’t get many votes at all. At the end of the day they are the British Labour Party and by extension a Unionist Party.

  • Jonathan Kennedy

    Dragged kicking and screaming seems about right.

    It is an historic day but incredibly unfortunate timing for the party to officially organise here, and of course a two decades after the Tories did so. And don’t expect to see Brown et al put as much effort in to the party here as Cameron has done so far either.

  • Labourman

    An attendance of around 70 last night, in an over-heated Malone Lodge, this was a good start.

    The Labour Party is a great amalgamation of interests, societies, affiliates and Trade Unions. All were represented there last night, and there is a tangible intent to move this forward. The Party is substantially different from other parties in its being a broad coalition of progressive forces. Northern Ireland will only benefit from the opportunity presented by Labour Party organisation to build a new society in which our contributions are not first scrutinised for our religion or community.

    Talking to those attending, there was a determination to set our sights on the absurdity of Northern Ireland’s sectarian politics, to build a vote-winning consensus across community barriers. Now, those of us with politics that target progressive social change will no longer have to shuffle on someone else’s party-coloured coat to influence and advance.

    The focus is on the future

  • willowfield

    Was Mark Langhammer there?

  • slug

    Thanks Labourman for the info and congratulations on the success of your campaign so far.

    Keep up the good work-there is definitely a gap in the market for progressive trade union based Labour politics in Northern Ireland.

  • Quagmire

    “Talking to those attending, there was a determination to set our sights on the absurdity of Northern Ireland’s sectarian politics”

    Posted by Labourman on Feb 24, 2009 @ 12:41 PM

    Did you also discuss the absurdity of the border which feeds and promotes the sectarian cancer in our society?

  • Perhaps they thought your question was an example of “the absurdity of Northern Ireland’s sectarian politics”?

    Certainly it’s a divisive question, and one likely to distract attention from issues that really do need to be aired. Especially as we have already agreed a democratic mechanism to settle your particular “red” herring.