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National Alliance.

Posted by Jason O on Nov 21, 2010 in Irish Politics |

Now, this┬áis interesting. In recent times, we have seen various attempts to set up new parties which get to mysterious website stage, and then peter out. What’s interesting about this are the people┬áinvolved, John McGuirk, Marc Coleman, and David Quinn, all significant figures in the public eye to various degrees.

What’s also interesting is the party platform: Economically clearly centre-right, political reformist, ethically-orientated, and socially, if not conservative, certainly Christian orientated, but not in an overtly John Charles McQuaid sort of way. It also would seem to have a clear anti-partitionist tone (although firmly democratic in its pursuit) and, maybe it’s me, but do I detect a teaspoon of euroscepticism? Given the protagonists, that’s hardly surprising. I have to say, it’s a very attractive package, and I could see it getting some traction.

There will be some who latch onto the David Quinn involvement and start waving around a “far-right Catholic” label, which I think would be unfair. Even social liberals like me should accept that what we are trying to build here is a society where devout religious conservatives and gay secular liberals (for example) can co-exist peacefully, and that there is no current serious party that openly stands up for the rights of the religious.

One other interesting point is the group’s specific rejection of members with racist or anti-semitic views. Could a pro-Israeli policy emerge later? Indeed, would it be such a bad thing for Irish voters to have that option?

This is a very interesting development.

1 Comment

shane
Nov 22, 2010 at 11:09 am

They’re just importing American Republicanism and giving it a green gloss. As for Euroscepticism, they want “Co-operation with, rather than colonisation by, the EU”. A very vague policy. Given that John McGuirk is former campaign director for Libertas, I assume it will be Eurosceptic (although Marc Coleman doesn’t stike me as anti-EU). I’m a traditionalist Catholic, and my political views aren’t a million miles away from old Dev’s Fianna Fail, so I’d much prefer continental Christian Democracy. This I find utterly alienating. I don’t think it has a natural support base in Ireland. Far better if it did like the PDs and went for both social and economic liberalism.


 

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