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This is good news for the important missionary work the UKIP does is spreading to the part of Ireland still part of the UK – Northern Ireland.  It is too bad there is not a EIP (Eire Independence Party) in the Republic in the South.  (I am part Irish and I am moved to tears by the Irish struggle for independence from the UK; I have no position on the North – it’s up to them whether they join the Republic or not.)

But the UKIP intends according to UTV to contest several seats in the Stormont (The name of the building the NI Parliament meets in) in the elections scheduled for May 2011.   They are serious, claims deputy leader Paul Nuttall:

“What we offer is a non-sectarian, sensible brand of Unionism. We think the political climate is right for a party like UKIP – people are growing increasingly euro-skeptic and we think there is a fantastic opportunity for us to make inroads here.”

While the UKIP would not be able to garner a majority at this time, it could be a key player in the formation of a government.  The present NI Parliament has a unionist majority but there are some protections for the minority group (at this time the nationalists).

This can raise the viability of the UKIP in an area where perhaps MPs for Westminster in the future.


About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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