Monday, January 19, 2009

Interesting Options

Conall has an article detailing how the SDLP Conference this weekend in Armagh will debate the creation of a New Ireland Coalition. In the same closed session, the party is also scheduled to debate the option of setting up in the south. This would mark a new departure by the party and send out a very clear signal to southern parties who want to come north and think the SDLP will stand aside that the SDLP is going to fight its own corner.

The people of the south have always been very supportive of the SDLP and there's a gaping hole between the centre-right position of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael and the varying leftism of Labour into which a strong centre-left party could fit. Of course, the SDLP already faces problems in the north, but perhaps setting up in the south could provide an impetus of talent, an influx of good people who actually believe in the SDLP's principles.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

whilst the SDLP is a broad church of political idealogy and this is healthy and allows for open and constructive debate - why would any member of the SDLP think of joining forces with a right wing capitalist party which shares little in common with the SDLP except for a hope of a united Ireland

bill said...

A hope for a united Ireland! That's a pretty good starting point. The key word there would be UNITED. The island will be united at some point, it's only a matter of time. To have the outstanding issues resolved, the infrastructures that go with a single nation in place would certainly ease the angst at the removal of the border. That's the final step, not the first. When Scotland votes to give England her independence, there won't be a Britain to be part of. I wonder how many Ulster folk actually consider themselves to be English?

Sean said...

I wonder how long it'll be before a unionist party are contemplating a move down south, lol.

nineteensixtyseven said...

Hmm.. I'm not so sure. People in the South are supportive of the SDLP for their role in the North, that wouldn't necessarily translate if the party organised in the South. Then of course there is the issue of our relationship with Labour.