Sunday, June 11, 2006
Would The Last Person To Leave Cunningham House Please Turn Out The Lights
Since 1998 the UUP has been loosing former key Young Unionists at an alarming rate - remember the party had invested time and money on developing these people. Jeffrey Donaldson, Peter Weir, Arlene Foster and William Humphries are all past YU chairs that now hold elected office representing the DUP. Now it seems the list of former Young Unionists going on to greater things outside the UUP has grown. Peter Bowles has had enough of the UUP/UVF and done the decent thing and joined the Tories. This is a principled move and one for which Bowles deserves the greatest credit. As a North Down voter I suspect I will be seeing more of Cllr. Bowles in about three years time...
perhaps a dining club of former YU chairs no longer in the UUP is required. Every second Thursday of the month in the Reform Club suit?
It could associate with the society of former UUP voters which, I am given to understand, will require the new Maze stadium for its' monthly gatherings.
In any event good luck with the Tories. Regardless of where your politics take you I can guarantee you will never look back to the UUs.
I feel another Kipling monent:
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools
Lidington is a different fish from the oily Ancram and is someone with whom the broad unionist family could, perhaps, do business. My only concern is that the Tory mood music on NI when in opposition is more pro Union than when in government. The way to keep them honest is to offer them (at least) 10 MPs in the next hung parliament.
That sounds like an offer I couldn't refuse, especially since our friend and legal brethren Peter Brown has left also. Let me know the first date and I am there.
Alex, thanks also for your kind words, maybe you would join me some day??
My Dad used to say that the Labour was never as bad in governement as it was in opposition and the Tories were never as bad in opposition as they were when in government. He was spared Tony, where his truism fell down.
"Oddly enough Bob McCartney used to say the same as your Dad."
Didn't Bob indicate he would take the Labour whip during the North Down by-election?
Dunno - wasn't so close to him at that time. I know he had the typical champagne Socialist love of "old labour" - an area where he and I disagreed!
I attended one of Bob's rallies during the by-election campaign in 1995. He was in brilliant form, probably the best I have ever heard him.
And yes, he did say he would take the Labour whip. Mind you, he went on to suggest that Labour would win the next election with a paperthin majority and be reliant on him to keep them in office for a full term!
Ah, if only that pesky Blair had just squeaked in with a mere 179 majority!!