A vote for McCartney is a vote for Butler…

There’s several segments to this DUP video blog… But note the middle section, where Jeffrey Donaldson has a very local message aimed at Bob McCartney’s challenge in the constituency (about half way through)… interesting how the complexity of PR election processes can give rise to such straightforward messaging… Butler’s success hinges on a number of factors, and few (one would guess) to do with the face off between the provisionally pro agreement DUP and anti agreement McCartney… but the key is the message is local…The second DUP video is a tad more esoteric – though I like the hotel staff pushing its logo into place after proceedings have begun. As Miriam Lord notes this morning in the Irish Times:

With his bemused media pack in tow, Big Ian stood in front of the stove and got a quick lesson in pancake flipping. He looked a little lost. Not for the first time in his career, he flipped. This time, though, it was harmless. “High in the air,” pleaded the photographers. Dr Paisley said little of substance. He has no intention of rattling any more pans until the votes are in.

Made the front page of the Irish Times though…

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  • tony

    I spat coffee all over my screen when I heard the ridiculous comment from Donaldson about how Bob was all about…”No future, no alternative..no wayforward” jesus are people memories really that short that they forget who and what Donaldson is…..he has made a career and indeed a career move out of “no alternative no moving forward”

    ……he is right about bob by the way but the ludicrous nature of the comment has to be noted.

  • Crataegus

    And which political parties agreed to Water Charges when the last Assembly was up and running. It is disgraceful that these people are getting away with this selective memory lapse.

    As for voting for BOB utter rubbish learn about how STV works lad.

  • BonarLaw

    Tony

    actually, Donaldson spent the bulk of the last decade telling his then party and its’ leader that there was indeed an alternative to the choices made in 1998.

  • darth rumsfeld

    I’m glad this isn’t the Jeffrey Donaldson who was a meeting with me in 2002 to discuss the formation of a third Unionist Party, but a compltely different one..otherwise his comments would be rather close to political opportunism

  • interested

    Crat
    “And which political parties agreed to Water Charges when the last Assembly was up and running. It is disgraceful that these people are getting away with this selective memory lapse.”

    That would be the parties who were part of the Executive….

  • john, lagmore

    It really doesn’t matter if Bob Mc Cartney takes a section of the DUP vote. The matter is that Butler will find it extremely difficult not to get elected this time.

    In 2003 he fell just short, I think by about 250 votes of clinching a seat at the expense of Lewsley.

    This time round, Sinn fein will win because not only is the political climate much more appealing to a middle class Lagan Valley nationalist but there are now an extra 1500 nationalist voters on the register in two of the more Republican parts of the constituency, Lagmore and Glenavy.

    If Paul Butler doesn’t get elected, I’ll be extremely surprised. As I’ve said before, 3 DUP 1 UUP 1 SF and 1 APNI in Lagan Valley.

    The figures stack up.