"The desire within the Protestant community for Unionist unity is palpable…. "Translation: I am desperate for a pact.
"This opinion poll confirms what I have known for a very long time: pro-Union voters are fed up with the sorry spectacle of Unionists tearing lumps out of each other whilst nationalists sit on the sidelines laughing at and profiting from our division. People want to see the Unionist parties working together to see the enemies of the Union defeated at the ballot box."Translation: I am desperate for a pact. Really desperate.
"I would urge the Ulster Unionists to come together with us to see that the swing in the forthcoming election is in favour of Unionism. By co-operating and working together we can ensure that two-thirds of Northern Ireland’s Westminster seats – 12 out of 18 – are represented by a Unionist in our national parliament at Westminster."Translation: Please agree a pact or I'm toast.
"This poll also highlights the danger of Unionism splintering. In the European election we saw what the entry of a splitter did – pushed Sinn Fein to the top of the poll. "
Translation: Europe embarrassed my wife, but the next election is a major danger for me.
"The Unionist community want to see the electoral rise of Sinn Fein halted. By working together we can do it. I urge those who want to sow further division to put their bitterness to one side for the better good of Ulster’s place inside the United Kingdom. Country is more important than ego. We stand ready and willing to work with fellow-Unionists. By our combined efforts we can secure a real victory for Unionism."
Translation: Please agree a pact for the good of my seat. Pretty please?