The action began in March after the UK made a move to change the implementation of the protocol.
Nothing like a scare tactic to rev up some engines and get peoples support in a tactical vote, but I'd say they've played this card too early, it would have been best saved until closer to the spring.No Daniel O’Donnell bounce apparent.
The DUP is facing a major electoral meltdown as it plunges to just 13% support and is overtaken by both the Ulster Unionists and TUV.www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
Nothing like a scare tactic to rev up some engines and get peoples support in a tactical vote, but I'd say they've played this card too early, it would have been best saved until closer to the spring.
The idea of a taig being being first minister will get people voting for the DUP even if they think they are a total disaster.
It's not about who you want in, it's more about who you want to keep out.
I didn't mention religion, but it says a lot that your mind springs to that first!I think as usual you are seeking to paint everything as being about religion. Everyone knew Tony Blair was Roman Catholic leaning before he officially converted, and we have a RC baptised PM at the moment etc. No one says much if anything about it. There are much bigger problems with them than their religion.
Same with Sinn Fein. Being a 'Roman Catholic', if only in name, is the very least of unionist complaints against Michelle O'Neill. In reality, only a very very tiny number of people think about that. Much more worrying is that she leads the direct political front for a large sectarian murder organisation. If only we could bring back Hume and Mallon, we'd be content for them to have their shot at the FM post any time, as per normal politics.
But I'd tend to agree that it's unlikely the DUP has contracted so much in such a short time. Not impossible though.
The positive contender of the three is Beattie. He has come forward with a strong, positive, liberal message, which I think has not surprisingly struck a chord with some temporary movers to alliance. The softening of the party colours to quite classy shades of blue (rather than red, white and blue) is a wise move to broaden appeal to those unionists who don't care much for constant flag waving (see their FB page). Jim Alister is a passive beneficiary of the DUP fallout, but nothing at all has changed with him.
I don't recognise religion as being important in any matter.Bla bla bla. Just try to be pleased that a unionist is calling for religion to be unimportant in these matters, instead of trying to save face. You are allowed to be wrong you know. It's not a crime. Or are you just like the fundamentalists, always needing to be 'right'...
So I post on a thread, you of your own free will wrongly accuse me of bringing religion into the situation, which is something you suggest that I usually do, yet it's me who is being argumentative.I didn't. You used a description which is interchangeable/synonymous with Catholic in an Irish context. I seriously doubt you are too dim to recognise that. More likely just argumentative for the sake of it.