As I predicted….and even a broken clock is right twice a day….Alliance are the Party most affected by the emergence of NI21. Far too early to say if NI21 will have any impact on Norn Iron politics or whether Basil McCrea and John McCallister lose their seats in 2016 and they become a footnote in Norn Iron History…a good subject for a Politics dissertation at Queens in about fifteen years time.
Either way, Alliance are taking no chances. They will have learned a lesson from the Womens Coalition taking precious votes andseats in the elections after the Good Friday Agreement. They lost votes to “amateurs”.
So predictably the Alliance Party is taking no chances with NI21. Having failed to woo Basil and John, they now have to kill off the new Party. And reveal themselves as the nasty Party.
One of the first attack dogs out of the traps is Ian Parsley over on Slugger? Parsley, you may recall was the Alliance Partys candidate in the 2009 European Election before defecting to the UUP-Conservative coalition to be a candidate in the 2010 Westminster Election….before er…defecting back to the Alliance Party last year. What is he up to, criticising other defectors like Bail and John? Surely he cannot have his eye on Stewart Dicksons Alliance seat in East Antrim? I hope Mr Parsley clarifies that having let his supporters down so badly in 2009, he would not even think about standing AGAIN for Alliance. Surely the wisest thing to do….in the event of Dickson standing down….is to back the candidature of his wife…Paula Bradshaw …who has only one defection to her name (UUP-Tory to Alliance in 2010).