One of the categories at the Slugger O'Toole awards this year is the "Challenging your own community". You'll excuse me while I'll give the obligatory short scream at the mention of that "community.
Anyway with that out of the way.... I have nominated Basil McCrea for his appearance at Amnesty’s Pride Talk Back a few weeks before the leadership election in the UUP.
I don't know if he reckons he has a "community" but McCrea sure challenged the attitudes of a sizeable proportion of both his own party and electorate by turning up at the event. More pertinently, as he himself admitted, there were no votes to be gained in doing so, which is surely that's the true test of the genuineness of any politician's convictions?
The other three candidates, interestingly enough all female, are:
- Dawn Purvis for her "high profile" (although rather belated) resignation from the PUP
- Margaret Ritchie for her wearing of the Poppy
- Naomi Long for her "openly non Unionist campaign" in Unionist East Belfast.