One of the really great posts on Slugger. From Gerry Lynch, the former Alliance Party staffer/candidate in East Antrim.
It has attracted a lot ocomponent. Frankly too much….as I have pointed ouonion my er ….own comment. It would not do justice to the the post to try and summarise it here. But I urge you to look at it.
Taking the Census figure of 48% Protestant and a maximum unionist potential of……an almost random figure of 60% …..it is clear that the future of the Union lies in the hands of non-Protestants….the so called middle ground.
Gerry Lynch nails his colours firmly to the mast …that he would likely vote for Irish Unity in any Referendum.
During the summer…Jubilee and Olympics, it was clear to the begrudging chagrin of committed nationalists like myself….the Best of British in all it’s multiethnicity was on view.
The Flegs rioters have shown the very worst of Britishness….in all it’s narrow minded, sectarian, racist awfulness. This…it is argued turns moderates to consider Irish Unity.
The Alliance Party is under a spotlight as never before. It has thrived in the shadows. as a Party it is declared agnostic on the constitution…but it is a broad church. Broadly but not exclusively it is Liberal Democrat in British terms but has some lefties and more conservatives. it contains a “churchy” ecumenical element and a secular liberal element. But increasingly there is a liberal unionist element with high profile figures …such as Harry Hamilton, Paula Bradshaw and Ian Parsley defecting from UUP. possibly more to come. Of course there is an element of networking letsgetalongerists.
I think the arrival of so many liberal unionists DOES change the dynamic within the Alliance Party. Whether it strengthens the Party is a different question.
And this is the thing I find most interesting aspect of Gerry Lynch’s post on Slugger O’Toole.Is Gerry Lynch sending a coded message ….Morse Code…perhaps to his own (still?) Party?…..that the Alliance Party needs to retain its broad appeal.