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    With the announcement of the formation of a new unionist party in April. What do posters think of the prospects for this breakaway faction of the UUP?
    Personally, I always preferred the DUP types, being more honest on their, to say the least, dislike of Catholics.
    You know where you stand with them. Whereas, the UUP types are like the type of person who is friendly towards you but speaks behind your back.
    With most progressive Protestants voting for Alliance and to a lesser extent the SDLP, is their room on the political spectrum for a new unionist party in a declining unionist electorate?
    Will McCrea and McCallister be able to attract other independent UUP exiles like Syliva Hermon and David McClarty?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sowhat View Post
    With the announcement of the formation of a new unionist party in April. What do posters think of the prospects for this breakaway faction of the UUP?
    Personally, I always preferred the DUP types, being more honest on their, to say the least, dislike of Catholics.
    You know where you stand with them. Whereas, the UUP types are like the type of person who is friendly towards you but speaks behind your back.
    With most progressive Protestants voting for Alliance and to a lesser extent the SDLP, is their room on the political spectrum for a new unionist party in a declining unionist electorate?
    Will McCrea and McCallister be able to attract other independent UUP exiles like Syliva Hermon and David McClarty?
    The UUP has always been a coalition of views across the unionist spectrum, this splinter is hoping to attract 'unionist light' votes, as for preferring the DUP i take it you would rather the GFA hadn't happened...
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    We cannot say yet what the new party will be called for that depends on discussions with the Electoral Commission but we can outline the guiding principles.

    l A Northern Ireland party determined to represent all sections of our community.

    l A party that is not afraid to speak out.

    l A party capable of building a Northern Ireland we can all be proud off.

    l An independent party which believes that Northern Ireland’s future is best advanced within the Union.

    l A party committed to the values enshrined in the Belfast Agreement and determined to provide a credible alternative to the current political stalemate.

    l A party that does not need to wrap itself in a flag, to provide leadership to the people of Northern Ireland.

    l A party which believes in individuals as agents of change, where religious persuasion should not define political beliefs and where matters of conscience are best left to the individual.
    A new Unionist party is born - Latest - Belfast Newsletter
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    Between the bridges, where do you see them making any advances?
    Outside the Belfast area where Alliance don`t do so well?
    At whose expense will they succeed in winning new seats?

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    Quote Originally Posted by between the bridges View Post
    Good to see, if they stick to their principles they'll do fine in the long run.
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    It'll be a welcomed step away from puritan, evangelic, supremacist unionist politics.

    -It could be a home for the many unionists who don't believe in a god, much least one that dictates to private citizens how to live their lives.

    -A home for those who don't need a flag above a building 365 to be confident of their British culture and identity.

    -A unionist party that recognises the injustices and failings of the past.

    -A party that wouldn't protest against Gay Pride events

    -A unionist party that sees GAA primarily a sporting organisation and not the sporting wing of the IRA.

    With the gloating of some of our unionist posters here in this forum over the great 'win' of sorts in the recent Spotlight poll, would the above party not secure the union more than a rip-roaring, red, white and blue bunch of religious, right wing loons? Particularly at a time when the recent Spotlight poll suggests there is a sizable number of nationalists who are comfortable with the status quo?
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    Quote Originally Posted by theloner View Post
    It'll be a welcomed step away from puritan, evangelic, supremacist unionist politics.

    -It could be a home for the many unionists who don't believe in a god, much least one that dictates to private citizens how to live their lives.

    -A home for those who don't need a flag above a building 365 to be confident of their British culture and identity.

    -A unionist party that recognises the injustices and failings of the past.

    -A party that wouldn't protest against Gay Pride events

    -A unionist party that sees GAA primarily a sporting organisation and not the sporting wing of the IRA.

    With the gloating of some of our unionist posters here in this forum over the great 'win' of sorts in the recent Spotlight poll, would the above party not secure the union more than a rip-roaring, red, white and blue bunch of religious, right wing loons? Particularly at a time when the recent Spotlight poll suggests there is a sizable number of nationalists who are comfortable with the status quo?
    If they do it right, this could be a serious threat to the SDLP, which is composed of many Unionist-lite voters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glaucon View Post
    If they do it right, this could be a serious threat to the SDLP, which is composed of many Unionist-lite voters.
    Alliance and the UUP could be adversely effected by this party but also this party is more likely to appeal to the sizable section of non-voters. I doubt that the SDLP will be too worried about this party tbh.

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    Does anyone think they could attract Sylvia Hermon or David McClarty into this party?

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    I don't think you will be seeing the word "Unionist" in the new party.It seems that they are taking the Union for granted for the forseeable future and are intent on simply making Northern Ireland the best place it can be.

    It will be interesting to see if any of the "Northern Ireland " box ticking Catholics will feel able to join their ranks.

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