Not a dupe.

UKUP leader Robert McCartney has responded to UUP claims that he has been DUPed into not standing in North Down. Dermot Nesbitt claimed that the DUP manifesto said that a D`Hondt style government was out of the question but that it did not mean “out of the question forever”.

Mr McCartney has since stated that: “Not only does the DUP manifesto confirm that a mandatory coalition with Sinn Fein under D`Hondt or any similar arrangement is `out of the question` but every subsequent utterance by Dr Paisley and Peter Robinson has underlined the fact.”

“Any future coalition which includes Sinn Fein would only be a voluntary one but would only occur (if ever) after Sinn Fein had fully complied with the most stringent requirements on disassociation from the IRA, total and transparent decommissioning and a complete end to criminality of every kind.”

“Peter Robinson has prudently said that compliance with such terms will take a generation. Sinn Fein/IRA criminality has been endemic in Northern Ireland since 1969 and almost two generations of Republicans have known nothing else.”

“So, even if a process of ending a criminal lifestyle was to commence at once, it will take a very long time to extract criminality from the social fabric of Northern Ireland society.”

“In these circumstances, the DUP manifesto is clear. There will be no enforced coalition ever with Sinn Fein and no voluntary one in the foreseeable future.”

  • Tiny

    “In these circumstances, the DUP manifesto is clear. There will be no enforced coalition ever with Sinn Fein and no voluntary one in the foreseeable future.”

    It does not specify a timeframe, on the other hand McCartney talked of Robinson talking in terms of 25 years, in any case, there is as much chance of Bob admiting he was duped than running naked through Bangor, to much ego!

  • aquifer

    Robinson to IRA: Prove us wrong and we can play ball

  • Hansolo

    The real problem here is that SF are hoping that Robinson will not be able to do the deal at the end of this year. If he can’t then SF will be laughing because the next time Unionists will be negotiating with the Republic, it will be SF they are talking to in Dublin about NI’s future.

    Can Unionists really afford five years of stalemate?

    Robinson can – he wants SF to win all the nationalist seats so he is the only vioce of Unionism at Westminster. That is of course if he succeeds in smashing the UUP.

    In other words we end up with joint authority in a divided society and Robinson gets to be king of the castle.

    Scary thought eh?

  • Dessertspoon

    If that happens Hansolo it’s the voters who have only themselves to blame. The DUP might be be able to afford 5, 10 15, even 25 years of stalemate and even SF could cope just imagine how much more hard done by they could sound by then. Norn Iron however can’t afford even 1 more year of this stalemate. Oh and if I hear one more laughable comment about “accountable” direct rule I shall scream.

  • Gonzo

    Mr McCartney has since stated that: “Not only does the DUP manifesto confirm that a mandatory coalition with Sinn Fein under D`Hondt or any similar arrangement is `out of the question` but every subsequent utterance by Dr Paisley and Peter Robinson has underlined the fact.”

    Has the DUP yet explained why it is trumpeting in its manifesto that it secured entrenched community designations in the Assembly?

    I only ask because designations wouldn’t be needed in the DUP’s two preferred models for government – voluntary coalition (where a qualified majority could be used as a de facto cross-community vote) and more accountable Direct Rule (although that might be a contradiction in terms).

    So why are they mentioning this in their manifesto… unless they’re contemplating a return to government with Sinn Fein?

    There is no other reason that I can think of.