Sabre rattling, or genuine insider knowledge? Who knows. But it’s clear that the DUP is trying to frame their struggle with the UUP as a fight to the death, of their opponents electoral existence, if they can help it. The UUP’s candidate in South Belfast Michael McGimpsey remains defiant: “…they have put forward a relative unknown, with no track record and no relationship with the people of South Belfast. The folly of this scorched earth policy and this latest dirty trick is that it could enable a Nationalist to benefit and steal the seat”.
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