‘Dirty tricks’ leaflet may lead to prosecution…

THE Public Prosecution Service is currently considering bringing charges against those behind a ‘dirty tricks’ leaflet that urged voters to vote for the UUP instead of Alliance in 2005. The UUP denied any involvement but Alliance leader David Ford is convinced the law was broken by so-called ‘decent people’.

  • Aquifer

    With their fragmented structure and difficulties keeping players onside, how could the UUP deny involvement? They were going to get burned sooner or later, with flyers like this or some other silly PR stunt.

  • David Ford

    But it wasn’t the ‘fragmented structure’ that produced these leaflets. We are aware that (at least) tens of thousands were printed and distributed by a door-to-door business in at least seven constituencies.

    Had it been the act of a single individual on a minor scale in one constituency, it might not have been illegal. It was the size of the operation, which appears to have needed some centralised organisation and had significant cost (whether actual or notional), that rendered it illegal.

  • SuperSoupy


    Who would have thought Alliance would kick a man when they were down. Vicious.

    Good on you.

  • Plum Duff


    Are you not being the slightest little bit disingenuous in your last statement? The Mother Teresa of NI parties kicking a poor leper in his noseless face when he’s just thrown his hand in? Shame on you.

    On the other hand, if Brian Feeney is to be believed that the Alliance is the NIO’s favourite party, could they be getting a few hints in ‘sweaty underarm tactics’ (as I once heard!) from the real rulers of ‘ayre wee pravince’?

  • Whatever Next

    On the other hand, Plummers, I’m fairly sure no one in APNI has actually been on the British government payroll while carrying on being a politician. Hardly something we could say about Sinn Fein. Or “MI5’s political wing” as I suppose we really ought to call it.

  • SuperSoupy

    “no one in APNI has actually been on the British government payroll”

    Slugger is always good for a laugh.

  • I wonder…

    Mick, you defended David Vance ebrywhere he appears, he has bannd all opposig povs on his site, we have to oppose this pov on your site, the nam is mad.

  • I wonder…

    David Vance, often defended on this site has
    lost the plot. He has offended all blogging protocols, banninfg all opposition. Please ban this insane person.

    Posted by I wonder… on May 21, 2007 @ 12:18 AM

  • SuperSoupy

    (ignoring the bizarre entry above)

    My reference was about Mr Alderdice and the IMC.

    Bought and paid, reward given.

  • Gonzo

    It’s true that Alderdice was an Alliance member while on the IMC payroll, but at least he was upfront and shameless about it.

    It does pale into insignificance beside the list of SF and IRA members on the government payroll, and some of the upfront ones there are now six feet under.

    But at least we agree that giving the UUP a good kicking while it’s down is no bad thing.

  • UFB

    “It does pale into insignificance beside the list of SF and IRA members on the government payroll, and some of the up front ones there are now six feet under”.

    Ooohh, conspiracy theories. Care to elaborate on this one Gonzo?, you obviously know something that I don’t

    (Be a good boy and keep in mind the libel laws).

  • Plum Duff

    Thank God for this site. It keeps me sane with its clear, logical way of thinking and reasoned arguments.

    Gonzo raises a hare on UUP’s (alleged!) dirty tricks against APNI and a couple of postings later we find it’s the Shinners fault all along. Jaysus, those bastards *ARE* devious – they could be in government soon if we’re not careful.

  • UFB

    “The Mother Teresa of NI parties kicking a poor leper in his noseless face when he’s just thrown his hand in”?


    Absolutely classic

  • Ginfizz

    It was so obviously a UUP stunt that I am amazed the UUPers on here actually went to the effort to deny it in the first place. The “Campaign For a Shared Future” was devised of by CunningPlan House Election team. Now the chickens are coming home to roost.

  • superdouper

    When it comes to low election campaigns one of my favourite was the 2007 Alliance campaign in South Antrim – vote for Ford to stop Sinn Fein topping the poll, another amusing move from the Mother Theresa party who are too ashamed to call themselves unionists yet on occasions are more sectarian and hysteria stirring than either the DUP or the UUP.

    Nice one guys, btw the idea worked a treat didn’t it?!?!

  • Gonzo

    How exactly is it sectarian to say ‘Vote for us, not this other party’?

    Get a grip.

    Oh, and it was about who got the last seat, not the first.

  • superdouper

    Saying vote for us with the obvious implication being beint Mitchel is a murdering RA member was fairly blatant! The DUP would have been proud of such a campaign.

  • Ziznivy

    Yeah. Because linking SF and any kind of terrorism is sectarian! The weekend’s over. Time to stop drinking.

  • Gonzo

    Apologies, thought the reference was to the Meehan drubbing. However, the point still stands.

  • Bigger Picture

    I just laugh because it shows that the UUP are ineffective even when it comes to dirty tricks. Almost as good as an Assembly alliance with the PUP.

    Please someone go and put this aged political dog of a party down!!!!

  • Pounder

    Par for the course for the UUP, like everything their dirty tricks are half assed and inneffective. As a supporter of Alliance I am happy to see them kicked as they go down. After all they’ve tried to kick us more times than I can count. But don’t worry Reg, we’ll treat all your old supporters well.

  • Inspector Clouseau

    Where is Michael Shilliday and FYU?