It’s a funny thing politics in the Six Counties you wait for one new Unionist party to show up and a totally different one then arrives.While Basil and John keep us all in suspence the Protestant Coalition arrive on the scene.The Protestant Coalition’s website states it is an “anti-politics, political party” whose priority is “the empowerment of the PUL (Protestant Unionist Loyalist) community”. It’s new leader is James Dowson a former fundraiser for the British National Party. Mr Dowson is currently out on bail and facing charges relating to the Union Flag protests. No doubt many other members of this new party will have made a name for themselves during the Union Flag protests. So what is a anti-politics,political party going to do for the North? Very little except cause trouble on the streets and of course loads of comedy moments over on Loyalists Against Democracy website.
Basil McCrea MLA and John McAllister MLA both quit the Ulster Unionist Party a couple of months ago. At the time there was a lot of talk about the pair setting up a new moderate Unionist party. I believe April was given as the month this new party would be launched. We are now of course three weeks into April and there is no sign of a new party. So have they abandoned the idea or is something else afoot? Could the duo be planning to join another party such as Alliance or the NI Tories. With only seven days left liberal unionisms likely lads will need to get there skates on in order to launch a new party this month.
Alliance party leader David Ford has stepped aside from his position as a elder in his local Presbyterian Church. This is thought to be related to his stance on same sex marriage. Mr Ford obviously thought he could ride two horses at the same time. He is the leader of a liberal political party and a member of a not so liberal Church when it comes to the subject of same sex marriage. Mr Ford is also Justice Minister in the Six Counties which means he should not be discriminating against anyone because of there sexual orientation. Members of Mr Ford’s church are not to happy with his pro gay marriage agenda and have made there feelings known. “I’m absolutely disgusted with David Ford,” said one local man speaking to the Antrim Times newspaper who asked not to be named. “I’m also furious that the church has done nothing to address the deep concerns we have.
“I couldn’t stomach sitting in the same room as him so I haven’t been back for three months now. This isn’t kicking a ball up in the air to start a row, this is principle – and I won’t move from that.
“And I’m not alone. Others have already stopped going and more are preparing to do the same. I would say 20 to 30 people have pulled the plug or are intending to do so.”
The DUP and their attitude to homosexuality I’m talking about. They say those living in glasshouses shouldn’t throw stones something that seems to have passed the DUP by. Today Sinn Fein have a motion up in Stormont calling for Same Sex Marriage to be made legal here. The DUP are going to try and block it by raising a motion of concern according to their Chief Whip Peter Weir. Paul Berry was a rising young star in the party until he was caught out getting a sports massage from a young gay man by the Sunday World newspaper. It cost Mr Berry his place in the party. Clifford Smyth who was once a DUP politician now a Orange Order historian according to the BBC he was photographed dressed up as a woman also in the Sunday World newspaper. And we all know how the media went to town when Iris Robinson was caught having a sexual relationship with a 19 year old businessman after a vicious attack on the Gay community. All I can say is I hope nobody currently in the DUP is living a double life especially if they have a family. For as sure as night follows day the newspaper headline DUP politician in Gay Sex Scandal can’t be to far in there future. Super-Injunction or no Super-Injunction.