The battle for liberal Unionist votes will begin in earnest next month. Basil McCrea will launch his new party no doubt to much fanfare in the local media and blogosphere. So far the Alliance Party has had the so called middle ground all to itself. But the fight for hearts and minds will be bitter and nasty. Basil will have to offer something new something that distinguishes him from the Alliance Party. All the other three Unionist parties seem to be right wing both on Social and Economic issues and fighting for the same votes. In fact the UUP seems to think it can out DUP the DUP if recent public statements by it’s leadership is anything to go by. Is to much to expect that Basil will have a greater cross section of society here at the Party launch?