Basil Letting Off Some Facebook Steam

The race to succeed Reg Empey as UUP Leader may not have officially begun, but expected contender, Basil McCrea, has certainly  indicated through his Facebook account his belief that his rival for the post, Fermanagh South Tyrone MLA Tom Elliot, is somewhat jumping the gun.

Here’s what McCrea has to say on his Facebook entry:

“An interesting piece from Tom Elliot in the Impartial Reporter. Obviously rolling out his leadership campaign on the basis that first out seizes the initiative. Rumour has it that his manifesto will be released shortly. Good to see he is a stickler for party discipline.”

 As Martina Purdy notes in the Devenport Diaries, the party discipline quip would appear to relate to a UUP Executive discussion suggesting there should be no campaigning until the current leader goes.

  • Drumlin Rock

    The decision is already ridiculously streched out, surely Basil dosn’t think the party should wait till September or October to start the selection process for a new leader with an “interim leader” covering much of the period up to critical elections early in the new year? The sooner the new leader gets to work the better, he/she is going to need all the time they can get.

  • John K Lund

    What do we know about Tom Elliot. Where was he educated? and to what levels? where has he travelled? is he a linguist, or has he any other experience he would like to share with us. Does he intend to resign from The Orange Order? Does he categorically deny any plans for any accomodation with the Dup ? Is he pro The Conservative link up and how does he intend to build upon it. Or is it the same old party under the Cabal?

  • By commenting at all he has set the tablecloth out on his own stall – stalling or not

  • Then the good Basil said,–and his voice grew blithe as he said it,–
    “Be of good cheer, my child; it is only to-day he departed.
    Foolish boy! he has left me alone with my herds and my horses.
    Moody and restless grown, and tried and troubled, his spirit
    Could no longer endure the calm of this quiet existence. (From Evangeline by HW Longfellow)

  • unionistvoter

    I’m surprised at John K Lund. Surely he is aware that Basil is rabidly opposed to the Conservative Party and any relationship at all.

  • sammymehaffey

    basil’s own campaign for the leadership must have started some months ago methinks.

  • asitis

    The UUP need to decide who they are and what they are about. Without policy or vision they will continue to drift into electoral non-existence.

    If the names being discussed are the best that the UUP have to offer then moderate unionism is dead.

    Yesterdays party led by yesterdays men

  • slug

    Alex Kane seems to prefer Tom Elliott, which makes me think that Basil McCrea may be the best bet after all.

  • John K Lund

    Unionist Voter, If that is the case is the Conservative link holed below the waterline. Has anyone told Owen Paterson.

  • joeCanuck

    Announcing that you are standing down and arranging for a leadership contest many months later is a bit like getting a bicycle for Christmas but not being allowed to ride it until Easter. Painful and pitiful.

  • pinni

    ‘is he a linguist?’

    That’s funny! It reminded me of President Obama’s comment about the ‘Austrian’ language. If the ‘Most Powerful Man in the World’ knows nothing about other languages apart from his own, I doubt if the bar should be set any higher for the leader of one of the smallest political parties on a little island on the edge of Europe.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Bald men fighting over a comb.

  • pinni

    Very good, CS!

  • Re-engaged

    Not a UU voter at all but a vote for Basil would spell the end of the party – not saying Tom Elliot is the man to move things forward but if someone were to come up to me and say the choice was to the below I would get out John Taylor’s barge pole and not let Basil anywhere near the job, he is woeful example of a self publicising fool who is a populist at best and no coherent approach to what is needed today in our country