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Political Parties of Northern Ireland June 14, 2021

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Interesting chart here – not unreminiscent of the Time Line on the Left Archive. But I’m particularly intrigued by the leftist/rightist axis on it. What do people think? I can’t quite work out that axis in relation to Unionist political parties – for example the NI Conservatives are placed to the left of the UUP.


1. Aonrud ⚘ - June 15, 2021

I’m not sure the Left-Right axis makes any sense unless you read it in narrower columns than that. The splits left or right in e.g. the SF column or Labour column look ok, but I don’t think it’s intending to position FG to the left of the Republican Labour Party and SDLP, or every NI Labour party to the right of Alliance.


WorldbyStorm - June 15, 2021

I know what you mean but look at how the NI Cons are to the right of the PUP but the left of the UUP. I’m no fan of the UUP or believe it to be anything but right wing, but… I’d have thought that layout in that Unionist column should read PUP, UUP and NI Cons (who would be IIRC explicitly ideologically of the right whereas the UUP are more of a broad tent party encompassing mild social democrats – a few – through to very right wing.).


yourcousin - June 15, 2021

The NI Cons were an attempt to tie NI politics to the main land through actual policy driven stuff. So in that way they would be a more progressive force than the simple identity driven politics of DUP lite, the UUP.

I mean this was before Boris and Nigel led the Tories to new lows. So think about a David Cameron led Tory party. I used to trade barbs with some of the folks involved, occasionally, about other things. But mainly I’d remind folks that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

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2. Aonrud ⚘ - June 15, 2021

By the way, speaking of the timeline, the reason ours goes sideways is probably attributable to this bit of nerdiness 🙂

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WorldbyStorm - June 15, 2021

I like both layouts but it makes sense to have it scroll horizontally I think.


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