TUV election strapline comes from the The Liberator himself…

Jim Alllister made a reasonable start to his solo career at Stormont yesterday. It even brought about an old fashioned Paisleyite manoeuvre from Peter Robinson displacing him from his key place in front of the camera just at the moment when he referred to the DUP’s lost conscience.

But Shane, a commenter on the Irish Election Literature blog has noted the similarity between the TUV’s election strapline “Nothing that is morally wrong can be politically right” and a quote widely attributed to Daniel O’Connell, “Nothing is politically right which is morally wrong.”

Hmmm… An impeccable reference Jim… I suspect you’ll need to scale that cross community appeal up a few more notches before the next election…

  • Zig70

    Mmm I like Turgon’s blogs, makes me think twice before judging the TUV. V reasonable. Jim Allister came across a bit childish in the news clips today. No where near the delivery of Paisley before the aliens took him.

  • Cahir O’Doherty

    How long before it’s ‘I haven’t gone away you know!’ or ‘Not a compromise, not an ounce!’ Or even ‘Never! Never! Never!’

    Pretty sure he’s probably used at least one of those already!

  • The Allister and the William Ewart Gladstone quotes coincide precisely – as do the Daniel O’Connell and Abraham Lincoln ones. Could there be even earlier sources?

  • Cahir O’Doherty

    I should also just throw a warning in here I guess..a quick search on google had that quote attributed to various people.

    3 results said O’Connell
    2 said Lincoln and
    3 said it was Gladstone

    Though, to be fair..I imagine the TUV wouldn’t be happy with being associated with any of them!

  • Mick Fealty

    I think we need the urgent help of an unGoogling scholar… Damn those damned Interwebs…

  • Alias

    Dev’s version of it was “”the majority have no right to do wrong”. That should be enough cross-community appeal to be getting on with.

    Anyway, Jum Allister was a very impressive performer in the EP, even wining plaudits from such distinguished orators as Dan Hannan. It’s early days yet.

  • Fick_Mealty

    Nice try Mick.

  • Mick Fealty


    Why aren’t you on Twitter? Alex Attwood has a tribute Tweeter, so has Sammy Wilson. Why not me?

  • Drumlins Rock

    As I said yesterday it dosn’t matter so much what Jimbo says, what is worth looking out for is Peter’s reaction!

  • AGlassOfHine

    In all honesty,this is nothing less than a Trolling Blog !!

  • iluvni

    I am looking forward very much to what Allister has to say about the lack of delivery from the Executive Ministers….as 107 (maybe 105) others sit scared to oppose anything or rock the cosy boat.

  • The strapline/slogan long predates the election; it appears on a TUV leaflet dated 26/11/07 [pdf file] announcing the party’s formation.

  • joeCanuck

    As well as a strapline, they should have a theme song. Might I humbly suggest “Blowing in the wind”.

  • joeCanuck

    The strapline raises the question of who has the RIGHT to decide what is morally right. The origin of the word morally is “mores” which represents what is acceptable in general society. Doesn’t the will of the electorate show us what is currently acceptable? The really vast majority do not want what Allister wants, a return to division and a rejection of one section of the electorate.

  • GavBelfast

    I have to say I quite like him being in there – and he was elected, so he is entitled to be.

    Relative stability is good, but the cosy concensus is stifling and actually reeks a fair bit.

    My regret is that Eamonn McCann didn’t do quite well-enough in Foyle. A Stormont version of Waldorf and Statler would have been good to see.

  • Blissett

    Well there’s no question but that O’Connell was a unionist, so why not quote him!

  • 241934 john brennan

    Below is a genuine Daniel O’Connell quote about physical force republicanism, which might appeal to Jim Allister:

    “She has no head, and cannot think; no heart, and cannot feel. When she moves it is wrath; when she pauses, it is amid ruin; her prayers are curses – her God is a demon – her communion is death – her vengeance is eternity – her decalogue written in the blood of her victims; and if she stops for a moment in her infernal flight, it is upon a kindred rock, to whet her vulture fang for a more sanguinary desolation.

    On the other hand Allister might better employ less flowery language than that of O’Connell and instead quote Martin McGuinness, bluntly referring to current physical force republicans as ‘traitors’.

  • At the moment its looking as though Jim Allister will be the only one disagreeing with the status quo and someone doing that has got to be a good thing. He got in by the narrowest of squeaks so however strong the rhetoric its unlikely to ever be matched by support.

    I’m not going to mention quotes, or Google although I might just commend Fick Mealty.

  • SK

    John Brennan,

    Daniel O’Connell did utter those words, but they were not said in reference to Republicanism.

  • babyface finlayson

    Did anyone else think the DUP manoeuvre in front of the cameras was pure school bully? If Peter is a statesman now, maybe he should act like one.

  • “An impeccable reference Jim”

    Why not ask him about, presumably, his choice of party slogan?