Tom Elliott was elected as the UUP leader on 22nd September 2010. Yesterday evening was 18th October, a unknown collection (in terms of size and importance) of UUP members decided to gather together to plot against Elliott's leadership. The man has barely got his arse in the seat. In the four weeks he has been leader he has not made any big strides in any particular direction if there are any grounds for complaint it is more the low profile he has adopted. Yet this has led some to complain that:
"They are increasingly disenchanted with the direction in which the leadership of the party is moving."
The fact that they have chosen a notional name "The 2010 group" that will be out of date in a few weeks probably indicates we aren't dealing with the most inventive group of people. Neither does their outline strategy which reads like a re-tread of UCUNF.
"...the possibility of realising a new bridgehead in politics the goal of which would be to appeal to a wider political and business community...One source said, ” we’re open to reaching out to other parties here and in London.”
The use of language would also give a strong indication of who is involved in leaking it to Mallie. The justification for this plotting is the claim:
"...there is an impatience among many of these figures from within the business community at what they see as backward looking politics gripping the Ulster Unionist Party."
If anyone thinks the UUP is a serious topic of boardroom discussion in Northern Ireland then they have little connection to the real world.