I’ve always found it odd, wasteful, for the Conservative Party to be fighting against people in either the UUP or the DUP, most of whom we have very little disagreement with and who, by and large, vote with us in the House of Commons – what is the point?In other words: "What's the point of the Northern Irish Conservatives"?
A bit of context regarding Mr Robertson's opinions is appropriate at this point:
1. He is a member of the right-wing Freedom Association, an organisation that, amongst other things, declares itself to be "against equal opportunities policies".
2. He still remains opposed to the Belfast Agreement.
3. He is (along with the majority of the DUP parliamentary group) a member of "The Better Off Out" group.
4. He has had problems with the Conservative leadership on the "race" issue; having said that "cramming" together different racial groups was making society difficult to manage", he was forced to apologise or lose the party whip.
To go back to the "what's the point?" question.
The truth is that more than ever before, Northern Irish voters should have the democratic option to vote for a non-communal, right of centre, modern, pro-Union party which is present in all four parts of the United Kingdom. The Northern Irish Conservatives now need to give themselves a good shake and get that message out to the unreconstructed wing of their own party, never mind the electorate.