A TANGLED Web carried an interview with UUP Lagan Valley Westminster candidate Basil McCrea yesterday.When asked the killer question about whether he could beat Donaldson, McCrea replied.
What is Mr. Donaldson well known for? Walking out on the negotiations at the 11th hour, standing for one party and joining another, opposing the Belfast Agreement whilst in the UUP and then advocating the SF-DUP Comprehensive agreement whilst in the DUP.
With regard to the numbers (rounded for simplification) there were 26,000 UUP voters at the last Westminster elections and only 6,000 DUP. In simple terms, (it is not worth long arguments, Alliance etc etc.) Mr. Donaldson needs a personal vote of 10,001 to win the seat. That is a challenge and my experience on the door step is that he will not achieve this. Many people are deeply unhappy and offended about his decision to jump ship.
I also believe that the DUP have misjudged the mood of a significant proportion of the electorate. Many have moved on, the want politicians to find solutions to their problems. They are more interested in bread and butter issues such as education, health and jobs. I like to think that as a new face, I can offer new thinking and hugely valuable experience of the real world.