DUP urged Alliance to try to postpone snap election - Naomi Long

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Like any political party the DUP are going to go into an election trying to appear confident in a " bring it on " mode etc. But it seems they genuinely fear the backlash of the RHI scandal. Mike Nesbitt and the UUP must be pounding the tables with delight. Buckle your seat belt folks we're in for a few rough weeks, but whatever face the DUP may put on it privately their dreading this election ?


"It is understood Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong was approached by a DUP assembly member about lobbying secretary of state James Brokenshire. Mrs Long said: "They asked if we would be willing to work on a cross-party basis to request to the secretary of state that, rather than have an election, he suspend the institutions so we could have talks."

Naomi Long says DUP asked Alliance to lobby against snap election - The Irish News
 


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Definitely the DUP are going to loose support. They know this well and that's why they fear and election. Will only take a 10% reduction in support for the DUP to loose solo POC.

It's likely that talks after the election will fail and we will be back to direct rule with greater Irish government input. Nationalists will only go back in when the GFA, SAA, SHA and FSA have been fully implemented. After all bar DUP and GFA all parties have signed up.
 

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Definitely the DUP are going to loose support. They know this well and that's why they fear and election. Will only take a 10% reduction in support for the DUP to loose solo POC.

It's likely that talks after the election will fail and we will be back to direct rule with greater Irish government input. Nationalists will only go back in when the GFA, SAA, SHA and FSA have been fully implemented. After all bar DUP and GFA all parties have signed up.
Well the DUP trying to get the Alliance to postpone an election says it all about their real mindset. I'd imagine the DUP will drop some support with the UUP to benefit, but like FF down here with Haughey, Ahern etc there's always the idiot factor who will vote for ' the party ' regardless of corruption etc so it wouldn't be the end of the world for the DUP but could/will cost Foster the leadership. The DUP are the FF of unionism, you could drive a wooden stake through their heart at dawn and you still wouldn't finish them off.

I could see SF drop a bit, I have said for a long time that there is a few factors in the dropping turnout of nationalists for the last few elections, with SF's pandering to unionism been a factor (don't bother mentioning the SDLP, they have about as much gumption in them as a dead sheep). Indeed small gains in votes for Independent Republicans and Dissos could cost SF in marginal seats.
 

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Definitely the DUP are going to loose support. They know this well and that's why they fear and election. Will only take a 10% reduction in support for the DUP to loose solo POC. d-see-dup-battered-at-the-polling-booths-35366988.html

It does not look good for the DUP as people are joking about them in "mixed company" .....

There are indications that those who stood with the DUP through thick and thin are disgusted by events. The party has just weeks to win them back.

Mrs Foster, who never fired a shot or planted a bomb, has bizarrely managed to make Martin McGuinness, the man once dubbed the Butcher of the Bogside, seem reasonable and statesmanlike to many outside of Sinn Fein.

A frail and deeply ill Deputy First Minister chose to make his way to Stormont to announce his resignation and answer media questions. It appeared to even some of his fiercest critics as a courageous act by a man determined to fulfil his political duty in public, despite intensely challenging personal circumstances.

By contrast, Mrs Foster handed Sinn Fein and her unionist opponents a major propaganda victory. She posted a video of herself delivering a monologue as she sat stiffly in front of a marble fireplace - of all locations - in the lavish surroundings of Stormont Castle

Social media went wild, saying that the DUP leader thought she was the Queen.

That was unfair on Elizabeth II, who is always pitch perfect and knows her audience.

Arlene Foster's tarnished image could see DUP battered at the polling booths - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
 

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Are you saying you live in the Free State? If you do you're a nordie wots gone down there. Only a nordie could use Cenotaph hugging in a jokey way
' Sigh ' :roll: yet another wannabe comedian ...... ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
 

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It does not look good for the DUP as people are joking about them in "mixed company" .....

There are indications that those who stood with the DUP through thick and thin are disgusted by events. The party has just weeks to win them back.

Mrs Foster, who never fired a shot or planted a bomb, has bizarrely managed to make Martin McGuinness, the man once dubbed the Butcher of the Bogside, seem reasonable and statesmanlike to many outside of Sinn Fein.

A frail and deeply ill Deputy First Minister chose to make his way to Stormont to announce his resignation and answer media questions. It appeared to even some of his fiercest critics as a courageous act by a man determined to fulfil his political duty in public, despite intensely challenging personal circumstances.

By contrast, Mrs Foster handed Sinn Fein and her unionist opponents a major propaganda victory. She posted a video of herself delivering a monologue as she sat stiffly in front of a marble fireplace - of all locations - in the lavish surroundings of Stormont Castle

Social media went wild, saying that the DUP leader thought she was the Queen.

That was unfair on Elizabeth II, who is always pitch perfect and knows her audience.

Arlene Foster's tarnished image could see DUP battered at the polling booths - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
" Arlene Foster's tarnished image could see DUP battered at the polling booths " The important part is " could ". You just have to look at voters down here for decades, when Haughey, Sean Doherty, the Flynns in Mayo, Lowry in Tipperary etc were caught with blatant corruption and incompetence the vegetables still returned them to power regardless. Although we're talking about six of one and half a dozen of the other if some of the DUP vote goes to the UUP, it's a necessity that Foster and the DUP have some of that arrogance knocked out of them.
 

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Like any political party the DUP are going to go into an election trying to appear confident in a " bring it on " mode etc. But it seems they genuinely fear the backlash of the RHI scandal. Mike Nesbitt and the UUP must be pounding the tables with delight. Buckle your seat belt folks we're in for a few rough weeks, but whatever face the DUP may put on it privately their dreading this election ?


"It is understood Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong was approached by a DUP assembly member about lobbying secretary of state James Brokenshire. Mrs Long said: "They asked if we would be willing to work on a cross-party basis to request to the secretary of state that, rather than have an election, he suspend the institutions so we could have talks."

Naomi Long says DUP asked Alliance to lobby against snap election - The Irish News
Quite sad that cutting edge republicanism these days is hoping the UUP oust the DUP.

Beyond pathetic. Is this what the "war" was for?
 

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Quite sad that cutting edge republicanism these days is hoping the UUP oust the DUP.

Beyond pathetic. Is this what the "war" was for?
Pffft, the war was for the sexual liberation of the equal average industry expense account...
 

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And to liberate India, opsh sorry that was the rising...
 

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Quite sad that cutting edge republicanism these days is hoping the UUP oust the DUP.

Beyond pathetic. Is this what the "war" was for?
Perhaps you'd find things clearer in your mind, if the north went back to war. It seems to be what you want.
 

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Quite sad that cutting edge republicanism these days is hoping the UUP oust the DUP.

Beyond pathetic. Is this what the "war" was for?



Only in your sillybilly little head, Republicans are well aware of the fact there is little difference between the party of Arnie and the party of vote Mike get Colm, two cheeks of the same a$$ pal.
 

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Still looking for post here over a year ago (could be a few years) where one of the SF drones argued that the "war" was really about equality between nationalist areas and unionist areas when it came to foreign direct investment.
Now, surely I didn't dream that up ?
 

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Still looking for post here over a year ago (could be a few years) where one of the SF drones argued that the "war" was really about equality between nationalist areas and unionist areas when it came to foreign direct investment.
Now, surely I didn't dream that up ?


And WTF has someone claiming to be a SF supporter mentioning foreign direct investment on an anonymous message forum got to do with this OP?

Please try to keep the discussions on topic and refrain from deflection in your dopey little pops at SF.
 

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Perhaps you'd find things clearer in your mind, if the north went back to war. It seems to be what you want.
Nope. Pointing out that the whole thing was a terrible waste of human life.
 

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And WTF has someone claiming to be a SF supporter mentioning foreign direct investment on an anonymous message forum got to do with this OP?

Please try to keep the discussions on topic and refrain from deflection in your dopey little pops at SF.
See post no. 11.
 


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