Parsley to fight on Alliance European ticket

Just heard that Ian Parsley, Alliance Councillor in North Down and current Deputy Mayor is to fight for a seat in the European Parliament.

UPDATE: Offical statement here

  • Greenflag

    Good man Parsley or should that be awful healthy vegetable 😉

    All North Down FF supporters should get out the vote and support Mr Ian Parsley as a fellow member of the European Liberal Democratic and Reform grouping . Yes I know his name is just one letter away from being the same as that of a former NI First Minster of the DUP persuasion but let that not dissuade you 🙂

  • PaddyReilly

    Hopefully Slugger contributors will give this useful vegetable the sort of manuring that will promote a healthy growth in its vote.

  • disinterested observer

    I like Ian but he’s no John Gilliland is he no John Gilliland

  • PaddyReilly

    But then John Gilliland was no Ian Parsley, was he? He wasn’t even an Alliance person. One difference between the two is that JG stood for a coalition which included the Conservatives, whereas now the Conservative votes will be going straight to the Conservative and Unionist New Team.

    However, some people, wishing to show approval of a minority candidate in a STV election, put that candidate ahead of their own true preference, in order to give the unelectable minoritarian a liitle push. Perhaps this will happen again.

  • slug

    Ian Parsley (IJP) I got to know well here on Slugger. He is an excellent candidate. Very good thinker. Undoubtedly the best candidate in the field.

  • YelloSmurf

    Heard him speak this morning and last night. Very impressed.

    Even those who hadn’t been convinced of the need for Alliance to field a candidate seemed to have been won over.

  • Elvis parker

    ‘Even those who hadn’t been convinced of the need for Alliance to field a candidate seemed to have been won over’

    Talk about damning with faint praise!

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Clearly, the boy Parsley should have the support of the Greens.

    Clearly (2) the people who were supposed to be going to vote for new ConservativeUnioinist National Front (C*NTs) should now vote for the closest thing non Iron has to a non-tribal Party. They should embarass the C*NTs by showing exaclty what it realy means to be on tribal.

    Surely Garden-Centre-Prods will vote for Parsley?

  • Comrade Stalin

    I’m more of a brocolli man myself, but this thyme Parsley has my vote.

  • politico

    he’s no Eleanor Gill either

  • picador

    He could top the poll – by accident!

    I imagine the DUP will be pissed off. This might cost them the votes of both the semi-literate and the confused old-timer communities. Down by 50% I would think!

  • Eddie

    Hello – How do you pronounce Mister Parsley’s name?

    Does it rhyme with arse-ly? As in the Ulster expression: “Yer arse in parsley”?

    Or does it rhyme with mars as in Mars Bar?

  • It’s pronounced Parsley, like the plant.

  • Daniel Jewesbury

    I’m sure that Ian is a brilliant candidate but as Picador says, there must surely be some element of gamesmanship in the Alliance calculation here? Whenever this sort of thing happens there are always anomalies in returns.

    There will be a big spike in the Alliance vote at this election and the analysts bore us to tears explaining the 26 characters of the alphabet, no doubt.

  • Daniel Jewesbury

    I’m going to write the DUP’s election material:

    DO YOU WANT PARSLEY ON YOUR BRUSSELS?

    DON’T VOTE FOR THE PLANT!

  • PaddyReilly

    I’m sure Ian Parsley is the sage of our thyme, but what really matter is where is second prefs go. I don’t think even his wildest followers think he is going to win a seat.

  • Tit ‘N C*nt

    The Alliance Party candidates is certainly no cabbage.

    I’ve been reliably informed that his approach will be more carrot than stick.

  • Ulster McNulty

    “but what really matter is where is second prefs go”

    It’s a smart move, he’ll be home safe on the first count as a lot of people will think he is Ian Paisley. I would advise him to wear a flamboyant hat, maybe glasses as well.

  • The Green Party’s Stephen Agnew will be giving Ian Parsley a run for his money in the European Elections…

    Any suggestion that Parsley and Alliance in North Down are a ‘non tribal’ party was blown out of the water at the last local elections, when Parsley was the happy beneficiary of a deeply racist and sectarian campaign against the Green candidate in Holywood…

    It would be nice to hear Parsley condemn the Ulster Unionist orchestrated campaign against the Green’s candidate…

  • I’m sure that Ian is a brilliant candidate but as Picador says, there must surely be some element of gamesmanship in the Alliance calculation here?

    You lot are seriously paranoid sometimes!

    Any suggestion that Parsley and Alliance in North Down are a ‘non tribal’ party was blown out of the water at the last local elections, when Parsley was the happy beneficiary of a deeply racist and sectarian campaign against the Green candidate in Holywood…

    There’s nothing worse than yesterday’s sore loser, Peter. I think it’s really sad that the Green Party’s first salvo in our direction is a nasty, childish and inaccurate rant towards a candidate who shares a lot of your values. Anyone can check out the relevant Holywood election results which show Alliance less than 100 votes shy of two quotas, with the Greens over 250 votes shy of a quota. Difficult to make up in the best of circumstances, but even less when the only party with a significant surplus was the DUP candidate whose transfers were not going to transfer to either Ian or John Barry in significant numbers.

    But hey, it’s easier to sling mud rather than try and work out where you could have brought another couple of hundred voters out, eh? Just be careful, when you’re slinging mud, some of it tends to stick to you as well.

    Personally, I’d much prefer it if John Barry had have taken a seat in Holywood along with Ian and we would have had a bigger non-tribal block on North Down council, but then again maybe looking at the trees doesn’t stop me appreciating the forest?

    Your party’s candidate has many positive virtues. Your party also has a reputation for being clean and honest. I’d suggest you stick to the former and don’t risk tarnishing the latter, especially at a time when the electorate are fed up with arcane partisan squabbling and want to see politicians deal with the real and grave problems confronting this society at the moment. But it’s your call, Peter.

  • Marcus

    Seems like an interesting candidate.

    I think though he was chosen as their candidate because the Alliance seem to think the Green MLA seat in North Down should be theirs and so they will do everything to boost Parsleys profile as the contender for to steal the Green seat.

    Will be interesting to see how the Greens fair against the Alliance Party in this Euro election.

    In quite a few areas where the Greens stood a candidate for the first time in 2007 they beat the Alliance Party candidates so Steven Agnew should give Parsley a good run for his money.

  • Continental Drifter

    MARCUS

    The Greens aren’t even on the radar, mate. No harm to him, but what’s their candidate ever actually done?

    Alliance ain’t my cup of tea but IJP has business experience, speaks a few languages, is well known locally as far as I can tell, and knows how to make a case on the real issues. You don’t always agree with him but you respect any case he makes on here, for a start.

    My first pref went to Nicholson in ’99 and Gilliland in ’04 – and it’ll be going to Parsley in ’09. Sorry, but the tree huggers won’t even be on the ticket.

    CD

  • Gareth

    Have never voted Alliance in euro elections but have followed Parsley’s contributions on slugger and have to say i like his independent thinking – not always following the party line sluggishly. any chance he will run in north down next time at assembly elections??