Diane Dodds confirmed as DUP candidate for Europe

The DUP has confirmed Diane Dodds as its candidate to fight the European election. As is traditional for the DUP they are proclaiming that only their candidate can prevent Sinn Fein topping the poll. That as ever is the only important matter at this election: some things never change.

  • ??

    That as ever is the only important matter at this election: some things never change. ……….

    turgon i didnt hear jim complain about in it 2005 and your ok with SF topping the poll then, is that TUVvie policy?

  • frustrated democrat

    I don’t care who tops the poll, as a unionist what matters is that the combined unionist vote is in the majority.

    The fact that the DUP want to top the poll is irrelevant to me, if they feel so strongly they should stand down and a unionist would definitely top the poll – party or principle?

    We all know the answer don’t we.

  • Quagmire

    Why are they using a failed candidate? She couldn’t even get elected to Stormont. They should change their name to the N.U.P. (Nepotistic Unionist Party).I think Allister will run rings around her. SF to top the poll!!!

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Good choice by DUP – I guess she’ll be 1/2 to top the poll, SF 2/1 (with the assitance of the Tories bumbing up the UU vote).

    But can the SDLP (with the assitance of the TUV) beat the UU that is the more interesting question? UU 1/3 for 3rd seat, SDLP 3/1, TUV 12/1.

  • ??

    if they feel so strongly they should stand down and a unionist would definitely top the poll – party or principle? …………

    how do you work that one out> ever think that people might not like allister and they were only voting for him last time as he represented the DUP, as for nicholson he`ll be lucky not to be beaten by the SDLP

  • Bigger Picture

    The selection of Alban Magennis as the SDLP candidate displaces the rumour that they were actually serious of going to claim back a seat. That combined with a uu boost from the tories will ensure that the status quo is preserved.

  • Quagmire

    I hope the Euro election does return 2 nationalist candidates. It will make the Brits and Unionists sit up and take notice. British as Finchley my backside!

  • Quagmire

    “uu boost from the tories will ensure that the status quo is preserved.”
    Posted by Bigger Picture on Feb 03, 2009 @ 11:19 PM

    A boost? Is that what you would call it? lol. I think people seriously underestimate the TUV constituency in the north. TUV, UUP and DUP participation will no doubt ensure a fragmented unionism. SF to top the poll and the Stoops to pip a seat sounds like a good shout to me.

  • ulsterunionist

    Jim et al, have a wee look at this website cos you’ll sure be needing it come June.

    http://www.jobcentreonline.com

  • frustrated democrat

    Quagmire/??

    Dreaming again, when you get to planet earth from whatever planet you are on.

    The unionist vote will easily exceed the nationalist vote no matter who runs.

  • Driftwood

    It will make the Brits and Unionists sit up and take notice. ???
    Quagmire, take notice of what? I think they (the mainlanders at least) wont give a flying fuck.
    I have no intention to vote in this pointless charade. I wouldnt care if the Communists and BNP shared top spot in England and Plaid Cymru and SNP cleaned up otherwise.
    SF are the equivalent of the BNP so if they gain top spot in NI and the BNP in England, it would just show that xenophobia is universal.

  • circles

    What have you been smoking tonight Driftwood? SF are the equivalent of the BNP? They may be shite but i think you are well off base with that one.

  • aquifer

    Dodds does not offer a positive vision of Unionism or anything else. I’d even vote for Jim Nicholson to keep her out. Does anyone else see the TUV guy as a bit like Arthur Scargill?

  • Observer

    The other candidates going through the DUP selection process must be as sick as the proverbial parrot. Once a Dynasty name was put forward it was a charade from then on as to who would get the nod. No use having ambitions or even delusions of grandure in the DUP unless your name is from one of the clans. The DUP creates as many millionaires as the bleeding lottery. Might be one or two considering their position in the party as we speak!!

  • USA

    More nepotism from the DUP.
    If she gets elected this would greatly strengthen the profile of the “Dodds” faction within the DUP, something Robinson would need to keep an eye on.
    Also, a lot of talk about electing a unionist and DUP delivering a unionist victory. My problem is that this is a European election, the constitutional question has been settled within the GFA, so how about running on European issues that effect the North. How about discussing European credentials, experience etc. Britain, Europe, USA etc don’t give a fuck if you are unionist or nationalist and it doesn’t create wealth. Answer some relevent questions for a change, and the 4th estate should ask some proper questions for a change.

  • Padraig

    Jobs for the girls.

    A fuddling nonentity taken care of with a prize plum.

  • As is traditional for the DUP they are proclaiming that only their candidate can prevent Sinn Fein topping the poll. That as ever is the only important matter at this election: some things never change.

    When will we see the DUP stating that the maximisation of the total pro-Union vote is the only important matter?

    A SF No1 with an overall increased total Unionist vote is worse than a DUP NO1 with an overall decrease in the total Unionist vote?

  • Elvis parker

    I real coup for Nigel. Everyone knows Nigel is much clever than Peter and now he will be joined by Diane. Diane might not be clever but she is politically savvier than Iris (not saying much admittedly)

  • ZoonPol

    As some one pointed out above this is a PR election hence its 1, 2, 3 : as is often the case here DODDS may top the elections for the DUP media department will see to it that A for Allister gets a bad press. But the fallacy of unity is just that as the DUP could have simply said back the UUP’s candidate.
    As for Nicholson last time he scraped home from transfers from all the rest so i am putting my money on the hunch that he will do much better this time round even if it may feel like groundhog day.

  • eranu

    agree with usa above. what does it matter if there are 3 unionists or 3 nationalists elected? can anyone actually state what they think would happen in either case? would the sky fall in? the main concern i could think of would be getting stuck with an incompetent shinner, or one who wouldnt fight NIs corner.

    will we see a debate between the candidates on tv or anything? what are their ideas about european issues? do they have ideas?!! i would have thought that a euro election would be one where people were least concerned with their tribe and more open to hearing what candidates want to do on certain issues?

    as a cheap way to see candidates debate an issue or two, could they do it via a blog on slugger? it would be closed to public comment apart from the usernames of the candidates. it could run for a week to give candidates time to work round a busy schedule etc. maybe we could have a vote on their performance.

  • Archie Purple

    The whining DUPe was on Radio Ulster this morning and of course, getting the highest number of votes in the 4th June Election was more important to her than working for the people of Northern Ireland in the European Parliament.

    Posts above that denegrate the name of Jim Nicholson forget an important fact….he is the proper type of MEP…his work is in Europe, fighting the corner of the Farmer, Fisherman and the general public who are effected by the various decisions of Parliament, which take precedence over our domestic laws. Jim also has a number of positions of importance within the European Parliament, which Ian Paisley and Jim Allister never have had, so his influence in Europe is much more than any other of the MEPs apart from John Hume. Jim Nicholson rarely gets involved in matters that are the responsibility of the Stormont Assembly which is the proper way for an MEP to behave.

    Diane Dodds will in my opinion be a disaster, if successful in her bid to be a MEP, as she was in the Assembly and the people of Belfast took the opportunity to get rid of her because of her ineffectiveness.

  • ABC

    My my, all the TUV trolls are out in force today aren’t they. Running scared? Looks like it.

  • Half Pint

    ABC,

    Yes, I’m err … sure that them … ummm … were really … err… quaking in their boots after the … err … performance of Nigel’s wife on Radio … ummm … Ulster this morning

  • ABC

    Half Pint

    Wes Iwm Swure Dwiane Dwodds cannot compware wiff the itewwectual wonder that is Jiwm Awwister.

    Bring on the election.

  • daisy

    Having heard a brief snippet of Diane’s speech on Radio Ulster this morning on her forthcoming electoral battle it was like being transported back in time to the days when the only thing the DUP was interested in was smashing SF. It would’ve been refreshing to hear her say her priority was to represent NI interests at European level rather than hear her bang on about how only the DUP can defeat SF. Has no one told her about power-sharing at Stormont?

    Why can’t we get representatives who just want to do the best for ALL the people? Some independent-minded person who’s not stuck in the past? Presumably they have more sense.

  • ABC

    daisy

    You can work for all the people without comprmising your beliefs.

  • Half Pint

    ABC,

    I too look forward to the election. Given Dianne Dood’s Vicky Pollard English the DUP will be desperate to keep her from appearing on TV or radio with any interviewer never mind Allister.

  • Half Pint

    Dood = Dodds

  • ABC

    Her Vicky Pollard English as opposed to Allister’s Madeline Basset English?

    Please.

    Why also would you assume that Allister, as a minor candidate will be getting the same level of coverage of the DUP, UUP SDLP and Sinn Fein?

    I know it’s hard for you (and tongue-tied Jim) to accept, but the European Election is not about Jim Awwister. Also, I seem to recall an awful lots of Bob’s supporters rubbing their hands together with glee saying he would “demolish” Lady Hermon in public debates. Remind me again, how did that one work out?

    I imagine he will be a supreme irrelevance.

  • Half Pint

    “Why also would you assume that Allister, as a minor candidate will be getting the same level of coverage of the DUP, UUP SDLP and Sinn Fein?”

    Queue the DUP campaign to sideline Allister so as to stop his position being heard. When you don’t have a counter argument (and probably couldn’t articulate it even if you did) just don’t let the opposition make theirs.

  • Cushy Glenn

    Yup, Diane was at her robotic sarky best this morning on GMU. I thought she was ok as an MLA- not exactly aq demanding test to be honest- but listening to that tedious stuck old record rant session this morning I have to ask just how stupid the DUP think we are.

    Er.. (thinks)..Willie McCrea, Ian McCrea, Iris Robinson, Ian Junior,Tiddles Wilson…blimey THAT stupid!( and worst of all, they got elected).

    It’s a bad day for politics when you feel the need to start scrabbling around for reasons to justify your number 2 preference going to Gentleman Jim.

    So Diane is never going to run away from Sinn Fein..to be fair it’s a bit difficult when smiling boy Nigel is so callously being held hostage in that oak panelled flunkey populated cell of a cabinet room, and sooo hating the trappings of office…..

    And quite right to point out the disastrous signal it would send to the world if Barbie were to top the poll and be seen as the voice of Northern Ireland on the world stage ( Obama spends most of his time watching the debates in Strasbourg apparently). Obviously the only spokesmen for the wee six are Siamese first ministers Punt and Marty (oops)

  • ABC

    Half Pint

    Dear, dear, I seem to have hit a nerve. I can’t help it if Jim Awwister chose to make himself a marginal figure on the political scene in Northern Ireland.

    Whilst it might burst your wee TUV bubble to accept it, it is reality nonetheless.

    Mr. Awwister is a minor candidate and will not be getting anywhere near the coverage he did in 2004. For that 95+% of the population will be eternally grateful.

  • Marcus

    I personally think she will be abit of a disaster for the DUP. She reminds me of a Sarah Palin type character!

    I heard that she wasnt the only candidate to have put their name forward. Who were the others?

  • ABC

    Right enough Marcus, she’s obviously far more embarrassing than the people Jim has around him. I mean how can she compare……

    Roy Gillespie
    Robin Sterling
    Walter Millar
    Sammy Morrison
    William Wilkinson

    I mean such gravitas and good standing within Unionism….how can anyone compete with that?

  • William

    Daisy….

    You have that person you speak of…JIM NICHOLSON….who, whilst an unashamed Unionist, battles in Europe on behalf of all the people of Northern Ireland. He is the only one of our three current MEPs who is full-time and is influential as he chairs a number of committees within the Parliament.

    I totally agree with those who state that Dodds was more interested in ‘coming first in the election’ than working in Europe. It will be a disaster for the people of Northern Ireland, if they have the stupidity to elect her….Jim Allister is a very good MEP and whilst he engages in local affairs, he is pretty pro-active in Europe [much more so than the old Doc was]. Diane Dodd’s only qualification for the position of DUPe standard-bearer in the forthcoming European election, is the fact she is Doddsy’s missus. She is a failed Assembly member and the example of the people of the Belfast electorate should be folowed by the people of Northern Ireland on 4th June. We should dismiss her and elect three decent people to represent us. How about the two Jims and Alban?

  • daisy

    “You can work for all the people without comprmising your beliefs.”

    ABC, that’s as may be, but in the sectarian politics of NI, it’s hard to believe. Your optimism is refreshing though.

  • ABC

    William

    A useful insight into UUP thinking there. The enemey of my enemy is my friend.

    Still calling the voters stupid shows us that despite a name-change, old attitudes die hard inside the UUP.

  • ABC

    daisy

    Paisley has a good reputation for working for everyone regardless of their religion or background.

  • Daisy

    “We should dismiss her and elect three decent people to represent us. How about the two Jims and Alban?”

    I’ll wait to read all manifestos in full before deciding.

  • Jesus – ABC spewing venom in all directions. We can look forward to another positive campaign from the Dupes then.

  • ABC

    Not spewing venom at all, merely pointing out the glaring inconsistencies in the UUP/TUV ramblings on this site.

    Still, you must be delighted that more than half of Reg’s Assembly Party have rebelled over plans to drop the word Ulster from the UUP’s name, eh?

  • ZoonPol

    I don’t know much about Alban. Who he?
    As for Jim A when he was elected DUP MEP i thought of him as just another bitter bigot but i have really been converted to how well he fights for us in Europe – he was also the only UK MEP to get a mention and his face on a BBC Web for a EP Q&A;thingy.

  • grammarpolice

    Half Pint, seeing as you’re somewhat critical of Diane Dodds’ English, I though that I should bring it to your attention that it’s “Dodds'” not “Dodds” 😉

  • Half Pint

    GP,
    Thaanks:)

  • “Still, you must be delighted that more than half of Reg’s Assembly Party have rebelled over plans to drop the word Ulster from the UUP’s name, eh?”

    There are no plans to drop the word Ulster from the UUP’s name.

  • Troll bouy

    LOL @ Post by Archie Purple on Feb 04, 2009 @ 10:04 AM

    What exactly has Jimmy Nicholson done during his time in the EU Parliament apart from filling in his time sheet?

    However I can see some truth in your statement as every other MEP does exactly the same!

    The EU in truth is a waste of time and money! (But I hear the women are great!)

    In that Diane Dodds has the exact attitude! This election is important for Unionism in that we see the DUP as the strongest party in government top the poll! Dont be fooled by Jim Allister who has realised his anti-DUP tactics are failing and he pretending to actually care about his job!

  • Half Pint

    “Dont be fooled by Jim Allister who has realised his anti-DUP tactics are failing and he pretending to actually care about his job!”

    During which period of his time as an MEP has Allister had a poor attendance record?

  • ZoonPol

    The women are great!
    The majority of our domestic law now flows from Europe so it is there we must send our best performers. When and if the Reform Treaty comes active then the European Parliament will increase in powers.

  • ABC

    Chekov

    Not from the front of their downsized new HQ, just from the ballot paper, how silly of me! LOL!! What a joke!

  • ABC

    HP

    During which period of his time as an MEP has Allister had a poor attendance record?

    So what?

  • Half Pint

    ABC,

    So Tb’s comment is inaccurate, that’s what

  • ABC

    TB’s
    comment indicated that for the last 2 years Jim Allister has had very little to say on European issues and plenty to say about attacking other Unionists.

  • Troll bouy

    Half Pint

    Any MEP can just sign their name on the register sit for 5 minutes and the go off to the pub!

    What exactly has Jim Awwister done?

    Only a DUP MEP can work and achieve for their constituents through cooperation with the local Assembly and Ministries.

    HP – has the focus of Jimmys campaign gone off the DUP and their ‘treachery’ of biblical principles?

    Or is it just ‘oh please save me from these nasty DUPes!’ ??

  • Cushy Glenn

    Just on the man not ball thread, if Jim Allister has a barely perceptible speech defect is that any basis to attack his record? It’s not big and it’s not clever- a bit like Diane Dodds in fact!

    “Any MEP can just sign their name on the register sit for 5 minutes and the go off to the pub!”

    I doubt that staunch Free P and teetotal Jim does- or are you revealing hoe seriously the DUP would intend to take their responsibilities if elected?

    “Only a DUP MEP can work and achieve for their(sic)constituents through cooperation with the local Assembly and Ministries.”

    ..er, including those terrible Shinners that you pretend to sooo oppose of course!( oh, and Jim would be articulate enough not to repeat your basic grammatical error)

    “Or is it just ‘oh please save me from these nasty DUPes!’ ??”

    … seems like a perfectly sensible manifesto to me. How interesting- and commendably honest-too, that you admit to being a dupe

  • ABC

    Cushy

    Perhaps you should tell Half Pint to think more carefully before going after others for the way they speak?

  • He was criticising Dodds for being inarticulate. Which is a deficiency of an entirely different character.

  • Half Pint

    Thanks Chekov.

    I would have thought that a person’s ability to articulate their position was a fairly basic qualification for one aspiring to be an MEP.

    It would appear, however, that the DUP regard wedding rings more highly.

    We will see if the electorate agrees.

  • ABC

    hp

    “I would have thought that a person’s ability to articulate their position was a fairly basic qualification for one aspiring to be an MEP.”

    You won’t be voting for Allister then?

  • Mack

    Jim A is not opposed to the fact that SF are in govnt i remember hearing him on tv saying that a testing period of a few months would be enough for him. That time has come and gone yet Jim spews lies and attacks the DUP who are a the only party for true unionists yet lets the UUP who sold us out.

    In my opinion it is time the people of Northern Ireland to let Jim A know exactly what they think of him and elect Diane Dodds to europe and then provide the much needed link with all parts of Northern Ireland and Europe.

    Jim fails to deal with the issues on the ground as there is no profile and no opportunity to attack the DUP. This is where the votes are won.

  • Increasing Waist Band

    Half Pint-

    “It would appear, however, that the DUP regard wedding rings more highly.”

    Is that why Jim employs his wife?…and his daughter?…and who owns his office?….and who does he pay for his ‘project’ work?

  • Dr Mike Hunt

    Why don’t Sinn Fein and the DUP do a transfer pact? They’re so far up each other’s arse these days that this seems logical.

  • frustrated democrat

    Did Diane Dodds win by two or three votes on a three line DUP whip on their MLA’s?

    If so, can anyone confirm who came second and what they now think about the 3 line whip that deprived them of victory?

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Diane Dodds is the highest profile DUD candidate – she sounds just as hardline as her husband – and for a party threatened by the TUV who are ploughing the hardline furrow – she was the logical, sensible candidate – and keeping it in the family is not peculiar to the DUP but rather is a feature of Irish politics – North and South.

  • ??

    You have that person you speak of…JIM NICHOLSON….who, whilst an unashamed Unionist, battles in Europe on behalf of all the people of Northern Ireland. He is the only one of our three current MEPs who is full-time and is influential as he chairs a number of committees within the Parliament.

    Didnt he support the release of terrorists from jail and the destruction of the RUC>??? Good man then

  • ??

    I would have thought that a person’s ability to articulate their position was a fairly basic qualification for one aspiring to be an MEP. ………..

    it didnt help bob mccartney and it wont help one man band Allister

  • rosebud

    Keep her lit, lads.

  • rosebud

    Keep her lit, lads.

  • Half Pint

    ??,

    Glad to see the admission of Mrs Doods’s shortcomings as a speaker.

    What a bright future for Unionism lies ahead if the is able to beat Allister!

  • Half Pint

    the = she

  • Bigger Picture

    While i come to comment on this thread i do so as a DUP supporter, as many of you know. However i have often spoke on this site independentley and offered insight and opposition to various threads that may not be in line with DUP policy, i would like this to be remembered before, like anyone who comments in favour of the DUP, i am labelled a Dundela Ave hack.

    I believe Diane Dodds to be a good candidate to go forward to fight the European election.

    She is a candidate that has fought and won victories for Unionism in the very heartland of SF and Irish Republicanism in West Belfast. This is a feat no Unionist was able to claim in over twenty years. Her hard work and service won her that seat and it was the concentrated effort of SF’s West Belfast electoral machine that ousted her from it. This seat was not lost to a fellow unionist (Diane Dodds 4000 votes, Harry West 550) and was lost only because SF couldn’t stand a Unionist in their back yard.

    I will also say that she is a credible candidate in the eyes of her opponents. No less than Jim Allister at the last Assmbly election, spent all day election day in West Belfast running lifts and going around the Shankill on a loudspeaker to encourage as many as possible to come out and vote. I believe that she has Jim Allister’s respect and he knows he will not be able to attack her in the same way as he may have been able to attack other DUP members.

    People attacking her for being the wife of the Deputy Leader also misunderstand this as nepotism. Maybe it is, but the will of the whole DUP executive was behind her and it was up to others to put their name forward which they did not.

    She is a very hard working, honest and dedicated Unionist who will put her full efforts into the European Parliament as the likes of Jim Allister have done. (Although i do not buy Half Pint that a good attendance record means an MEP was doing a good job, Roy Beggs had one of the best MP attendance records going, but he was shite). This has culminated previously in her election as an MLA for West Belfast, a feat not accomplished by Unionists for twenty years, and as a local Councillor with the single biggest mandate in Northern Ireland, which currently stands at over 4,200 votes for her local belfast council ward of Court.

    This is a credible candidate for the DUP to choose and i think the amount of venom displayed, especially by Unionists, shows that this is a candidate that may pose problemsfor them in an election.

    Stupid, ridiculous and bizarre commentators on this site that say the two Jims and Alban will be elected are out of their heads. In fact as the commentator in that instance was a UU it just shows how out of touch the party is still with local people.

    The DUP has topped the poll and been represented in the European Parliament ever since the UK joined. They therefore have every right to contest this election and would be shouted down as running scared of the electorate to do anything else. So please stop with the party/principle thing, they were always going to stand, they have every right and the “vote splitting” candidate (if there is one on the 5th of June) will be that candidate with the fewest votes.

    And finally Half Pint, do i actually pay your wage through taxes that go to Europe for you to sit on Slugger all day? It’s just as well FOI requests don’t stretch to MEP’s

  • Bigger Picture

    As an added thought i forgot to mention that in Belfast City Council she was the driving force and the main co-ordinator, as Chairman of the Personnel and Resource Committee, for the home coming parade for the Royal Irish.

  • Turgon

    Can I remind everyone that nicknames are meant to be respected. Please refrain from naming commentators whom you think you know: firstly because you may be wrong and secondly because people have the right to pseudonyms.

  • Turgon

    Sorry second point. Please do not post pretending to be a real person if you are not that person.

  • Mark McGregor

    “JIM NICHOLSON….who, whilst an unashamed Unionist, battles in Europe on behalf of all the people of Northern Ireland. He is the only one of our three current MEPs who is full-time and is influential as he chairs a number of committees within the Parliament

    Despite his time in the parliament he doesn’t chair one Committee nevermind a number.

    Any chance of informed comment instead of bullshit?

  • Carson’s Cat

    “Any chance of informed comment instead of bullshit?”

    Highly unlikely if this thread is anything to go by.

    Diane Dodds is a good candidate, despite the childish and mostly inaccurate mud slung during this thread. She’s probably not in the DUP’s top rank on most analysis, but you’d have to ask why the DUP, or any party would send first-rate talent to Europe? Europe became a bit of a personal battle between Paisley & Hume back in the day and there’s still a hangover from that.

    The DUP have a strong party vote and that would probably elect any candidate – well known or not. After all, Jim Allister cruised to the top of the poll coming in as a complete unknown. Diane Dodds isn’t unknown – far from it. Leave aside the benefit (or otherwise) of an instantly recognisable surname, she is an able politician who will be able to hold her own. She’s also clearly a hard worker who is clearly part of the reason Nigel Dodds has such a good reputation within N Belfast.

    The idea she was “turfed out” of West Belfast because of either a poor work record or lack of support within the unionist community is so laughable its not really worth responding to. I can guarantee you this however, if Jim Allister can get the number of votes across the entirety of the city of Belfast that Diane Dodds will get out of the Greater Shankill area then he’d be mighty pleased to get them……

    “Topping the Poll” has always annoyed the Ulster Unionist Party, but you could be damn sure if they were in the running for it then they’d be making just as big a deal about it.

    Also, the crap that you can’t be in Gov’t with a party but want to beat them in an election is just that – crap. Go back to the Paisley/Hume contest. The DUP would have been quite happy to go into Government with the SDLP in 1999 but they still ran a campaign of ensuring Hume didn’t top the poll – countered of course with an equally strong SDLP campaign to beat Paisley (you think they’d have learnt then before repeating the error in an Assembly election some years later!)

    I’m sure there are plenty of people in the DUP who are quite happy to see various UUP/TUV party hacks getting into such a flurry about the selection of Dodds….. No reaction would have been worrying. Such furious flinging of mud means something different altogether.

  • frustrated democrat

    Carson’s Cat

    No it doesn’t we are delighted to see the situation the DUP have managed to get themselves into and how little support she had in the grass roots.

  • ABC

    Little support in the grass roots? Sorry Dto point out but Diane Dodds polled more votes in West Belfast than the Tory Party did in the entirety of Northern Ireland! Get over yourselves.

  • Good candidate, a good lady and will be well received at the polls – she’s is very approachable and pleasent too and doesn’t snarrrrrrrrrrl and use over complicated words…

    which is what people seem to like…

  • ZoonPol

    Would you agree with me Carson’s Cat that if Dodds becomes an MEP she must give up her Belfast City seat? And would others agree with me that if being a MEP is seen as being a full-time job, along with being an MP, by the UK Parliament hence now incompatible and unlawful in domestic law then this should extend morally to its devolved legislatures.

  • Cushy Glenn

    “Also, the crap that you can’t be in Gov’t with a party but want to beat them in an election is just that – crap.”

    Carson’s cat-
    interesting and reasoned defence of the DUP.
    I’m sure JHA respects Diane Dodds’ ability and record- whether the Dundela Avenue children behave similarly is yet to be determined. I bet she’ll be as impressive in debate against Jimmynic as her hubby was aginst Sir Cecil Walker. It will be interesting to see her debate Allister- the arrogance of a lawyer versus the insufferable condescension of a teacher, and that’s before the personalities even come into play!

    However.
    It is dishonest to say that whoever tops the poll speaks for Ulster in Europe. If anything, the people speaking for Ulster, sadly, are Punt’n’Marty. And topping the poll is Diane’s only policy. At least Jim had two policies last time out- admittedly on was to top the poll, and the other to protest against the Agreement- and get a fairer one instead ( remember when the DUP opposed the Agreement? Who’d have thunk it?)

    Of course the DUP would love it if the shinners were all nuked,but there’ll be very little beyond melodramatic sturm und drang to actually elbow them out, cos guess who’d be on the dole with them!
    As for Allister’s stating that they could be in government after a testing period, he did indeed say that. And guess what- it wasn’t just about buying time to take the heat out of the issue ( like the DUP are doing with the Justice ministry, which was never going to be in place before the European election) In that testing period we have had the Quinn murder and the semtex find- to name two of the more obvious failures of the test. Time was when wee Jeffrey and co would have been calling special party meetings about such things, but now they’re blithely ignored. And even the most blinkered DUPe can’t deny that

  • ZoonPol

    Just reading your remarks Cushy Glen. There is something sadly ironic about the Brothers Grim and their Soviet style politburo.

  • John

    DD is a weak candidate for the DUP. And the fighting for Top of the pool will only work in favor of Nationalists.

    Dianne is not that popular within the Unionist community, shes not hated, but not a big enough profile to have the trust of the Unionist community. I can see more votes going to the TUV and UUP. I expect Jim Nic to have an increased vote, but Jim A to take enough of the Unionist Vote to take the 2nd Seat away from him.

    SF will have the usual vote, but i expect the SDLP is remain the same as the assembely vote, maybe an increase (im thking more votes from South Down). If SF and SDLP are smart (i know they will not make a pact, and publicly looking to nationalist seats will turn the unionist vote up) they will secretly be giving each other 1,2 votes. I can See Alban sneaking a 3rd seat, whih will be a massive victory for party. Maybe enough to awake them. If SF top the poll the SDLP will take the 3rd seat.

    But im wondering, will it be a more impressive Poll topping than when the SDLP top the poll in 1998?

  • frustrated democrat

    ABC/Carson’s cat/DUP posters

    What were the voting results of the selection committee?

    Who got what votes and was an MLA 3 line whip in place for Minister Dodds wife?