Cooper: this is what decency is, and isn't

Interesting that James Cooper directs his response to criticism over his party’s ‘decent people’ campaign to the DUP, and ignores Seamus Close’s attack from yesterday:

From James Cooper:

The intention behind the slogan is to rally ‘decent people’ to the Ulster Unionist Party: in other words, it recognises that there are decent people throughout the community, voting for a variety of parties.

Our Party is seeking to reach those who have voted DUP, Alliance or who haven’t voted, as well as core Ulster Unionist voters. We are reaching out to people who share our values – hardworking, law-abiding citizens with a stake in society, who seek a peaceful and tolerant Northern Ireland. We entirely respect the judgment of voters who disagree with us – but our firm conviction is that Ulster Unionism is the surest and safest political home for the values of decent people.

That the DUP have focused on a purely negative connotation of the slogan speaks volumes. But now they come to mention it, the fact they feel affronted is a vindication of our slogan.

After all is it decent for the DUP to focus their entire election broadcast – with its untruths, divisiveness, fear-mongering, entirely negative tone, and deliberate omission of any reference to the DUP’s deal with SF in December 2004 – slating fellow Unionists? Is it decent for the DUP Leadership to brand any catholic, whether independent, nationalist or Republican as ‘all of the same sow’s litter’ as they did in electoral pact discussions?

Is it decent to publicly brand the pope an anti-Christ? Is it decent that the DUP tell the electorate one thing yet do another? Is it decent that the DUP are proposing 25 years of stalemate? Is it decent that the DUP are happy to split the Unionist vote in certain constituencies for purely selfish self-interest knowing full well they cannot win the seat, only heighten the chances of nationalists or republicans winning? No on all counts.

The DUP are a political party employing values contrary to Ulster Unionist values. The campaign slogan – ‘Decent People … Vote Ulster Unionist’ – is a call to those who share our values to vote Ulster Unionist.

  • yerman

    Decent Party Leaders bribe others with offers of peerages to save their electoral skins do they?

  • decent unionist

    Well, its better than the DUP slogan

    ‘Leadership that is working’

    how is the DUPs leadership working exactly? Would that be the Northern bank raid? Would that be the McCartney killing? Would that be the collaspe of the deal last Christmas that everyone had such hopes for?

  • beano @ Everything Ulster

    I think it would have been easy to turn this into a request/call rather than a statement

    “Decent people: Vote UUP”

    But they didn’t – is that really what they meant or are they back tracking?

    That said, Leadership that’s working may be a bit of a joke, but it’s undoubtedly a better slogan.

  • craigyhillman

    I like Sammy Wilson’s slogan-

    “NOT AN INCH”

    It certainly wasnt

  • yerman

    craigyhillman
    You got anything more fresh to offer, perhaps something from the current decade?

    Maybe James Cooper could have commented on the decency of former UUP Chief Executives and their convictions and UUP councillors and their fraud charges.

  • Stalford

    Are former RUC officers who once voted UUP but feel betrayed by their actions and now voting DUP indecent? James Cooper can spin it any way he likes but this has been a spectacular own goal but the Ulster Unionist Party.

    My step-father is a dyed in the wool UUP voter (despite my attempts to convert him!) and he felt affronted by the slogan. He said “what there saying is that I’m decent because I vote for them, but your mother isn’t because she doesn’t”.

  • Stalford

    by not but. Sorry

  • davidbrew

    perhaps the smallest of additions to the slogan would make it less contentious

    “Decent people voteD Ulster Unionist”

    Factual, crisp concise

    Good to see James Cooper back in public view. That’s another 25,000 votes for the DUP guaranteed

  • Stalford

    they’re not there! Disgraceful spelling!

  • PS

    I like the italics!

    There are decent people voting for every party in the election.

  • Northern FF

    I’ve just seen this ad in the morning papers and it strike me as very foolish.

    When is the message going to get through that decency has ZERO role to play in Northern elections any more?

  • yerman

    Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear,

    Decent? I think not!

    http://www.u.tv/newsroom/indepth.asp?id=59090&pt=n

  • queens_unionist

    I thought this was an attempt by the UUP to further distance themselves from the general public? am i wrong?!

  • queens_unionist

    But also…how anyone could view James Cooper as a decent man is beyond me he is equal to mcgimpsey in my book, a horrible careerist!

  • Daz Automatic

    Well folks,
    If you want your ‘laundry’ whiter than white, then just contact your local Ulster Unionist office.

    Apparently they do a very decent service!

  • fair_deal

    Innocent until proven guilty but the following cannot be considered a helpful development for the decent party

    Source UTV website

    Money laundering probe police raid Ulster Unionist offices

    Ulster Unionist Party offices were raided today as part of a continuing police investigation into money laundering. The party office inside the Castlereagh Borough Council office was visited.

    A party spokesman said computer equipment and paper files were removed.

    A Police Service spokesman said: “As part of our investigation into money laundering police have carried out a number of searches in east Belfast and Castlereagh.

    “Two Production Orders have been executed under the Proceeds of Crime Act in the Castlereagh and North Down areas.”

    There have been a series of raids and arrests in east Belfast and its outskirts in the past fortnight as part of the police money laundering investigation.

    The home of Ulster Unionist MLA Michael Copeland – also a member of castlereagh Council – was also raided by the police, party sources said.

  • kitty

    I have a real problem with any party questioning the ‘decency’ or morals of any citizen for choosing to vote for any party. The UUP are scraping the bottom just as the DUP have done when they have questioned the decency and morality of Sinn Fein voters.
    Oh boy the alliance party political broadcast is on- when will they ever go away?

  • TAFKABO

    How long before the term “ordinary decent criminals” starts being used?

  • J Kelly

    The SDLP are at the “decent” thing as well. On their SHREK billboards its calling for people to vote for a “decent peace”. Whats that all about. Both the UU and the SDLP must be using the same PR company. It seems that they are using the wrong company.

  • yerman

    I know its ressurecting an old thread – but couldnt help but laugh when I got this in my email.

    New Ulster Unionist eipc – Coming soon to a cinema near you.

  • Davros

    That’s superb LOL