Dirty Tricks Department Caught Out?

The Belfast Telegraph this morning reports that the Alliance Party have reported the UUP to the Electoral Commission over accusaions of dirty tricks surrounding a leaflet recently distributed in key Alliance Party areas. This is the leaflet which Roy Beggs recently denied any UUP involvement in during the recent UTV Insight election debate.The leaflet (front and back) purports to have been produced by ‘Concerned Citizens for a Shared Future’ which uses a PO Box as its contact address.

However, suspicion arises because the PO Box used by the group happens to have been registed by a company called Circle Creative Communications, the same company which has produced many recent Ulster Unionist Party leaflets including ‘Its Not Fair‘ and ‘Fair Deal‘.

After an outright denial of any UUP involvement in the leaflet’s production or distribution, any proof of involvement will be very damaging to the Ulster Unionists, particularly in light of the UUP’s ‘decent people‘ campaign.

No doubt the comparisons of the Tory ‘Back to Basics‘ campaign will yet again be raised.