Big Ian about to assume the mantel of First Minister,
why would the DUP boss worry about a few resignations
in Ballymena council when within a couple of years,
that borough will cease to exist?
a word of caution dont completely
write off the political beast known as Hardline
Right-wing Unionism as, like the Biblical Lazarus,
it has a nasty habit of coming back from the dead
when you least expect it.
paper, Unionisms Never power-share
with Provies brigade should be a political
corpse after the firm hammering Big Bob McCartneys
UK Unionists suffered in last months Stormont
Senior now dominates the Centre Right stage and
bar any disruptive sex allegations in the Unionist
family, the Executive is a dead cert for 8 May,
so let the good times roll.
problem for those who still consider themselves
as being on the Unionist Hard Right is where they
go from 8 May.
will traditional Right-wingers do if the power-sharing
DUP/Sinn Fein Executive ushers in a time of economic
prosperity, job creation, a boost in tourism and
exactly has the mooted new ultra Right-wing alliance
of ex-Paisleyites got to offer modern 'Loyal Ulster'?
is there for them to either protest about, or
yell No Surrender or Never,
never, never, to? Again, there is no rational
reason for the continued existence of the Unionist
history has an awful habit of repeating itself
in the North. In the Depression days of the 1930s,
many urban militant working class Loyalists banded
themselves together to form the fascist Ulster
League briefly re-appeared again in the late 1980s
under the leadership of the notorious ex-DUP Assembly
member George Seawright, who was booted out of
the Paisley camp because of his burn Catholics
a committed UVF supporter, also formed his own
hardline Protestant Unionist Party before being
murdered by the republican splinter group, the
Senior shot to political fame in the late 1960s
by chucking snowballs at the car taking Southern
Premier Sean Lemass to Stormont for a chat with
his Northern counterpart, Terence ONeill.
chat brought chants of ONeill Must
Go from the Paisley camp. Yet Paisley has
gone considerably further than ONeill, or
even Brian Faulkner Paisley has formed
a power-sharing government with the IRAs
political wing, Sinn Fein.
it stands to reason, it is only a matter of time
before the Unionist Right wing launches yet another
hardline party possibly in time for the
2009 super council or European elections.
the Unionist Right presently lacks is an iconic
firebrand. Just as Big Ian was the saviour of
the Right in the late 1960s with his fledgling
Protestant Unionist movement, who will be the
the Unionist Right re-emerge as a religious fundamentalist
front like the old Protestant Reformation Party;
as an anti-European group like the UK Independence
Party in Britain, or an anti-migrant movement
more akin to the Far Right British National Party,
or maybe even a combination of all three?
dont assume the Orange Order will once again
take up the cudgels and brollies of militant Protestantism.
parades debacle and the Spirit of Drumcree pressure
group effectively castrated the organisation which
dominated the Unionist majority rule Stormont
needs to radically re-organise itself into hosting
a series of non-contentious Rossnowlagh-style
annual danders. No more Portadown confrontations.
Carson, James Craig, Brookeborough and even Paisley
are heroes of the political Hard Right of Unionism
who eventually settled into the role of accommodating
will always have its Hard Right. Its muted
at the moment, maybe even dumb founded
but re-emerge it will. Rumours are, the rumblings
are just beginning again.