• ?The future of the Labour Party

    Some of the many problems of creating a new party have already been stated; however… what about taking an existing *regional* party and going national?
    Could we take guidance from Labour stalwart Kate Hoey? https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/politics/general-election-2019/watch-former-labour-mp-kate-hoey-says-she-will-vote-dup-in-general-election-38690541.html

    So why not the DUP, if it went national?
    Don’t be too quick to reject them as ‘r/w’—can’t be that r/w if Kate Hoey openly proclaims support. Some *perceive* them as r/w mainly because they wave the flag and oppose the IRA—that anyone thinks they’re r/w because of that says more about them than it does the DUP.
    The DUP are committed to Britain and Ulster’s place in the Union—everything else is negotiable.

    Patriotism never used to be the preserve of the Right: apart from the old Labour Party being unashamedly patriotic(*), they gave NI their best Secretary so far with Roy Mason (1976–79), and it was Harold Wilson who first deployed the army to NI in 1969.

    The DUP seem the party most consistently committed to both Brexit and our British Union—and they have some pretty good members deserving of wider renown; e.g. here is East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson speaking at a Leave Means Leave rally: https://youtu.be/nO5P8g8-UUU

    The political divide is no longer Left v. Right but ‘Somewheres’ v. ‘Anywheres’(†); those valuing community, ancestors, tradition and nation, regarding Society as ‘a contract … a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born.’ (Edmund Burke, ‘Reflections on the Revolution in France’, 1790)—versus those who calculate only in short-term political or financial gains, caring little for either heritage or legacy; globalists versus nationalists (the latter not to be confused with the petty-nationalisms of Scottish, English, Welsh, Cornish, etc. separatists). And the DUP seem far more of a ‘Somewhere’ party than the ‘Anywheres’ of the political mainstream.

    Advantages of DUP going national:
    1. Established party, and the most successful in the only part of the United Kingdom they currently choose to contend elections.
    2. Policies favour State largesse rather than Austrian School economics, so increasing their appeal to soft-Left Scots, English northerners, and other traditional working class.
    3. Enjoys at least some Catholic support: not only—contrary to Republican narrative—is there longer history of Irish Catholic Unionism than commonly realised, with Catholic-identity parties embracing social liberalism, the DUP being steadfastly socially conservative can expect to gain increasing Catholic support (e.g. Ó Coigligh, Ciarán. Letter(‡). News Letter, 1 Feb. 2019).
    4. With the historical, ethnic and cultural connections between NI and Scotland along with the ‘Ulsterisation of Scottish Politics’(§), a DUP going national could do well in Scotland at least, strengthening their appearing a serious contender for No.10.
    5. If the going national project started with Scotland, they will have a test run with the coming devolved election in 2021 (as much as I loathe the devolved assemblies and wish their abolition, they’re not going away tomorrow, unfortunately). And we have a crying need in Scotland for an unashamedly pro-Union party.

    (* E.g. when USG reneged on verbal and written agreements to share nuclear research, they did not hesitate to start our own A-/H-bomb project; e.g. adopted the EM2 as HMF’s new combat rifle—a worthy successor to the Lee-Enfield—and it was the more internationally-mind Conservatives who cancelled that out of deference to NATO-standardisation; e.g. initiated our space programme, which culminated in the first and last successful launch of a British satellite from a British launch vehicle on 28 October 1971—then cancelled by Heath.)
    (†Goodhart, David. ‘The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics’, Hurst, 2017.)
    (‡ https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/opinion/roman-catholics-like-me-back-the-dup-because-it-is-the-only-christian-party-in-ireland-1-8793079)
    https://aidankerr.com/2014/12/31/the-ulsterisation-of-scottish-politics/) Watch: Former Labour MP Kate Hoey says she will vote DUP in General Election Former Labour MP Kate Hoey has revealed she will be voting for the DUP in the upcoming General Election.