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Transforming Unionism: David Trimble and the 2005 Election Hardcover – 1 Nov 2005

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Irish Academic Press Ltd (1 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071653388X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716533887
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,250,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kerr has lived in the Rockies for over 12 years. He now manages his own corporate training and speaking company, Speaking of Ideas.


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This is an honest, very funny, yet very serious assessment of where Unionism lies following the 2005 general election and how it got there.
Michael Kerr has thrown caution to the wind in writing such a quick and topical book, and no doubt he will get a few knocks for doing so, but whilst offering warnings to his former colleagues he sets out clearly and constructively to help them. Had he waited a year or two and refined every page it would have had no impact.
The journal entries are classic - at once they make both the 2005 election seem interesting and the UUP seem human - which is no easy task.
The important parts of the book are however at the beginning and end of the book. There is nothing to my mind in print that provides a better articulation of what moderate Unionism has been about over the last decade. The mixed style of the book makes Kerr's analysis accessible to even the slowest learners in his party and within Unionism - I imagine this is the audience he is aiming it at.
I have no doubt people will pick holes in this book and attack it for many different reasons but that is surely because it will prove very uncomfortable reading for those who have let the Unionist position slip through their own bloody mindedness and selfishness.
This book should be read and thought about.
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Format: Hardcover
A mix of: an objective and detailed analysis of Unionist politics, an insider account written in the language and ideas of the participants, and a story-line style chronicle and exposé. This is a bizarre Roddy Doyle-meets-professor-in-pub combination, but it has a lot more knowledge and insight to offer than other recent popular or academic books on Unionism. One gains unusual respect for the humanity and hard work of the party workers from this book but also a sense, I think, of how stuck the larger project they have worked for really is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A party self destructs 30 Jan. 2010
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This is the story of the 2005 general election in Northern Ireland and the replacement of the Ulster Unionists by the Democratic Unionists as the mainstream unionist party. It is of interest to students of Northern Ireland and unionism. It is based on Michael Kerr's election campaign diary and his analysis of why the Ulster Unionists lost so badly. Essentially this is a combination of paying the price for trusting the promises of Tony Blair, punishment by the electorate for the failure of the IRA to disarm in accordance with the provisions of the Good Friday Agreement, and very poor organization.
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