Slugger Awards: Constructive Opposition…

Constructive opposition’. Now there’s a term to conjure with.  Opposition of any kind is tough in Stormont, where most decisions are taken within cabinet at Executive level. But constructive opposition where politicians have pointed to flaws, whilst offering practical alternatives is crucial to the credibility of the institutions. So far we have:

– Brian Wilson, for punching above his weight and avoiding populism.

– The 2010 Group

– John Dallat for the Public Accounts Committee work into NI Water.

– Conall McDevitt – Also for his work on NI Water.

– Dawn Purvis – because of her work on educational underachievement along with the working group she has set up and also her Local Government (Disqualification) Bill.

Come on, there’s got to be more…


  • Pigeon Toes

    Dawn Purvis and Patsy Mc Glone for the same reasons as John Dallat, and for not giving up on the issue….

  • Drumlins Rock

    The Orange Order – for rejecting parades legislation that would have curtailed everyones right to peaceful assembly even though it means they are stuck with the Parades Commission for now.

  • Drumlins Rock

    And we must include the main opposition occasion of the year when the Ulster Unionist Party opposed the devolution of Policing and Justice due to the dysfunctional nature of the executive (as recently displayed by Conor Murphy), despite pressure from many areas and the SDLP bottling out at the the last minute.

  • edgeoftheunion

    I had to look the 2010 group up. Are they the same as Open Unionism?

  • edgeoftheunion

    Naomi Long for her constructive opposition to taking the Lib-Dem whip.

  • Sam Semple

    Platform for Change for coordinating opposition to the too too tame CSI strategy

  • Your_Choice

    The nomination for Dawn Purvis seems sound given the educational work already listed and her work on the PAC on NI Water issue.

    Perhaps most relevant to this award would be her work on double jobbing and the success of her private member’s bill. That is constructive opposition within a political institution dominated by others.

  • Munsterview

    How about an award for unconstructive opposition? I nominate the TUV !

  • cynic49

    Brian Wilson never punched above his weight in his life!