"To be credible with the public we need to have some common platform with the UUP and possibly the Alliance Party as we go into the Assembly elections. Pact is a rather unfortunate word but if the Con-Dems can work in England then there’s no reason why we can’t make that type of model work here with the UUP. The Democrats and Conservatives hate each other quite deeply but in the interests of the country they work together and present a united front. We must do that too.Anna Lo, on behalf of Alliance delivered what I would classify as the typical party apparatchik response:
These comments are welcome and they are indicative of the shift of other parties and individuals towards the Alliance Party.She seems to be already in election mode and because of that, ignoring completely the enlightened point O’Kane was making in favour of pushing her party’s brand; a disappointment although not that surprising an attitude to take even for the sanctimonites of Alliance.
I am pleased that others now see that the Alliance vision is the right vision, but for us to make the transformation to a genuinely shared society, people must join the one party that deals with this issue ahead of all others, and that’s the Alliance Party.
Michael Carhrie Campbell of the NI Liberal Democrats, having read the same response decided to jump way, way off the deep end:
Anna Lo appears to want Northern Ireland to be a one party State just like the People's Republic of China.Huh???!!!
Where on earth does that interpretation and comparison come from? Completely OTT and more disturbingly, there is a distinctly stronger whiff of racial stereotyping there than you should expect from someone describing themselves as a liberal.
Put it another way, how would he feel if people were to misinterpret his own opinion on, eg student tuition fees, by saying something along the lines of :
“Michael appears to share the same vices as those of Gerry Adams, seeking to justify the unjustifiable with their typical Ulster hypocrisy and selective amnesia"?Putting the party interest before that of the wider country is not something exclusive to Ms Lo and, in my humble opinion, is not something arising because of her racial or ethnic background... if that’s not what Mr Campbell is implying, then he really needs to tighten up on how he expresses himself.