The challenge for the Ulster Unionist Party AGM is threefold:
- That there must be a leadership capable of uniting the Party;
- That there must be a leadership capable of regaining the confidence and trust of the Unionist community;
- That there must be a leadership capable of providing professional and effective management of Party resources.
Commentators seemed to view the overwhelming victory of Tom Elliott in the Ulster Unionist Party leadership contest as the Party taking a ‘traditional’ and safe option, rather than the more media savvy and ‘liberal’ option of Basil McCrea. There is something about that analysis that seems too simple to thedissenter.
The News Letter Union 2021 Series of articles through the summer has been an interesting read. It also provides thedissenter a useful way to address the second part of post-election review: Part 1 having looked at relative electoral strengths, historical and current.
Having looked at the News Letter’s list of questions thedissenter has reversed the order to start with consideration of what challenges 2011 might hold for Unionists. There is every indication that Sinn Fein is gearing up for another crisis and more talks within the next twelve months – chip, chip, chip. The big question is then ‘how prepared is Unionism for the road ahead to 2021 and beyond?’, including the challenge of starting to prepare for that journey now.
This is a slightly longer version than appears in the News Letter, free from the paper’s 600 word limit.
Don't worry about what is round the corner, just consider the light at the end of the tunnel.