IF anyone knows who the UUP defectors to the DUP are, feel free to post names below… It will be interesting to see if there are any newly-elected UUP councillors who leave – a tactic that could possibly backfire…So far, the trick has worked, but I am curious to see if there will be many voters who feel conned this time, so soon after giving their vote to another party.
On the other hand, the reaction may be positive – but how will it compare to the last slew of defections? The UUP have nothing to lose, so kicking them when they’re down is unlikely to gain many DUP votes for the next, far-off election, surely?
Donaldson and Foster were big catches, and undoubtedly gave others the confidence to follow suit. Hence, the drip-drip effect of those defections played well in the run-up to the election. But are there many ‘big hitters’ left in the UUP who are realistically likely to leave? Maybe it’s the ‘senior Orangeman’ someone referred to on another thread?!
Meanwhile, someone mentioned earlier that there’s the possibility that the UUP might stall on a leadership election until later in the year…
Living History 1968-74
A unique, once-in-a-lifetime 10-week course at Stranmillis University College Belfast featuring live, in-depth interviews with leading figures from this tumultuous era in Northern Ireland’s cultural and political history.
Live interviews with: Bernadette McAliskey, Austin Currie, Brid Rogers, Baroness Blood, Dennis Bradley, Baroness Paisley, Lord Kilclooney, Tim McGarry, Danny Morrison, Sir Kenneth Bloomfield and others…