Good news from Ulster

Congratulations to the Ulster Conservatives and Unionists on winning the third European Parliament seat in the province. They came a close third after Sinn Fein and the DUP.

It’s great to see that Ulster is starting out on the road back into the mainstream of British politics. There are lots of Johnstons in Belfast and environs, quite a few of whom have complained in the past that they were unable to affect the government of their country by their votes. Now I hope they will be able to!

About pauljohnston

Elected as Conservative councillor in Surbiton Hill, Kingston upon Thames in 1998. Re-elected 2002 and 2006. Former parliamentary candidate in Lancashire and Birmingham. Ceased to be a Councillor (temporarily?) in 2010. Active among Residents' Associations in Surbiton Hill and among residents in social housing generally. Former teacher of History at St. Brendan's College Bristol and Head of History and Politics at the London Oratory School. Worked with Sutton Trust running summer schools for sixth formers at Oxford University from 1997-2000 aiming to improve uptake of places from pupils from state schools which sent very few applicants to Oxbridge.
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2 Responses to Good news from Ulster

  1. Paul says:

    re “road back into the mainstream of British politics”

    Ha! What tosh that turned out to be. With a substantial and fast growing nationalist (catholic) constituency, NI mainstream politics are heading in one direction only, and it’s most definately not east across the Irish Sea.

    Take a look at if you want indepth coverage on the rapidly changing demographic and policitical situation there.
    The largest party in NI is now Sinn Fein, there is now a catholic school-age majority, and an overall majority is inevitable within a couple of decades.

    The Tories’ belated and spectacularly hamfisted foray into NI politics was nothing more than a thinly disguised attempt to get a few votes in the event of a hung parliament. Their alliance with a bunch of UCUPNF anti-Agreement rejectionists, and the attempted facilitation of a nakedly sectarian pan-unionist elction pact, would have threatened the peace process. The nationalist community could never have regarded the consservatives as honest brokers given such behaviour.

    The Tories little englander approach has never suited the delicate arena of NI politics.
    Major’s grandstanding quite literally blew the process apart. Thank goodness that the Lib Dems got in alongside you to thwart your Colonel Blimp tendencies.

  2. pauljohnston says:

    Nothing like commenting on a post two years after it was written! Under the circumstances at the time it appeared that there could be a new, NON-sectarian force in NI politics that might give people there the opportunity my uncle George (a Belfast Catholic Johnston like my father and umpteen of my relatives) an opportunity to make a difference to the government of the UK, of which NI is still a part. In fact the Conservatives are the only main stream UK party to have been willing to organise in Ni since neither Labour nor your Lib Dem friends were willing to do so. The party decided to do this in 1989, while Margaret Thatcher was still PM.
    You may have some useful comments to make about the effects of the Major-Blair Peace Process and I would be very interested to hear them and discuss them. However please refrain from abuse like ‘tosh’ etc. if you want to be taken seriously.

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