What can I say? Its one of those U-turns for which I am famous.
The news today that Duncan Morrow has announced his candidacy for Alliance in the Botanic DEA has stirred me into action. Duncan is a member of a family I much admire. Indeed his parents were guests at our wedding thirty one years ago.
And Duncan himself was at my mother-in-laws funeral three years ago.
And Duncan …now a lecturer at UUJ…is a nephew of Addie Morrow, former Deputy Leader of the Alliance Party and arguably the last person in the Alliance Party, who I liked.
And Duncan comes from a background in Community Relations. Modestly the Alliance Party website merely states he is an expert in Community Relations. But that is much too modest …Duncan was Chief Executive Officer of the Community Relations Council.
Somewhat coincidently, Peter Osborne the current Chair of the CRC is a former Chair of the Alliance Party. And a former Alliance councillor in Castlereagh.
Peter only took over the Chair a few months ago, having been Chair of the Parades Commission until late last year.
Even more coincidently the most recent Chair of Alliance…Glynn Roberts…was appointed to the Parades Commission late last year. Sadly within a few weeks Glynn stepped down because of logistical difficulties and we are denied his expertise in this important area of our lives.
Just for the record, the current Chair of Alliance is Andy Muir, who is the current Mayor of North Down.