Straight out of the starting blocks the ‘joint leaders’ of the UUP-Tory party alliance, UCUNF, have released a statement redolent of the tired old clap-trap that connoisseurs of ‘old politics’ are so used to:
“This election will be about change and the demand for something better for the people of Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom as a whole.”
“It will also be about restoring trust in politicians and in our entire political process.”
How? Is this an example of your ‘new politics’? How pathetic!
“In Northern Ireland we are offering people a clear choice.”
As does every single election.
“Five more years of the same, tired old politics in Northern Ireland or a change of direction to a new optimism with the Conservatives and Unionists.”
And selecting a bunch of the same old UUP politicians, plus a couple of ‘celebrity candidates’ is the way to do that? How stupid do you think the electorate is?
“Five more years of Northern Ireland stuck on the margins of UK politics with the local parties or back into the mainstream of UK politics with a Conservative and Unionist Government.”
Um, the UUP are a ‘local party’, and they got most of the UCUNF candidacies. The rare Tories are in no-hoper seats. Mind you, so are the UUPers.
“Five more years of Gordon Brown's discredited Labour Government and its neutrality on the Union, or change with a Conservative and Unionist Government that supports the Union and wants to govern for the whole of the United Kingdom.”
Every government governs the whole UK. Either you’re being stupid or you think the voters are stupid. Not good in either sense.
“This really is the most important election in a generation. The outcome will affect every single person in Northern Ireland.”
Every election ‘affects every single person in Northern Ireland’. See previous comment.
“For the first time in decades people in Northern Ireland can help decide who will enter No 10 Downing Street on the morning after 6 May.”
If there is a hung parliament this is true. But it has been true in every other election since democracy started (around 1918, despite the propaganda that claims otherwise).
“But they can't do it by backing any of the other local parties.”
Untrue. If the DUP hold the balance of power then they will decide. Ditto the SDLP, for that matter.
“Sinn Fein, the DUP and SDLP have one thing in common. None of them can form the government at Westminster, or have ministers in the UK government.”
What a silly statement – trying to pretend that Sinn Féin are a ‘normal’ party which would ever wish to play a role in ‘British’ politics. And if the DUP hold the balance of power, who knows what role they might exercise?
“The alliance between the Ulster Unionists and the Conservatives offers us the chance to end Northern Ireland's semi detached political status.”
Yes, by ensuring that it becomes fully detached.
“It gives us the opportunity to realise one of unionisms most cherished objectives - equal citizenship for all the people of Northern Ireland.”
Are you now admitting that Northern Irish people have been denied ‘equal citizenship’? Would you care to expand on that? Compare and contrast previous Tory administrations.
“At this election, it is only by backing the Conservatives and Unionists that you can vote to put Northern Ireland at the heart of the Union.”
At the heart? You’re joking, right? A marginal overseas possession with fewer seats than east London? You still think Northern Irish voters are stupid, don’t you, Cameron? After all, they’re just thick paddies, right? Some of them so thick that they’ll buy into your nonsense. But not enough, thankfully.