The first Party Political Broadcast

Just watched the first Political Party Broadcast by the DUP. Thought it was good with an appeal to the middle-classes as well as traditional Unionists.

The issues at the heart of Europe were given top priority; farming – CAP, milk quota issues etc, fishing quotas and our British sovereignty – with the growing threat of a Federal Europe.

Unionism was top of the agenda. Maintaining a strong, confident Unionist team to defend our interests at Stormont and within Europe.

No link to it online yet.

Here it is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfr4by3DNRM

Thanks FD

  • Andrew,

    As long as you dont mean the first Political Party Broadcast of all the parties. The Conservatives had their first out last night and it was on You Tube.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IulXg4dlmc]

  • Andrew Charles

    Meaning on TV Seymour

  • Andrew Charles

    Relevance to NI Seymour?

  • Maintaining a strong, confident Unionist team to defend our interests at Stormont and within Europe.

    Stormont?

    Are they planning to recycle it for the Stormont election … in two years!

  • fair_deal

    It’s on youtube

  • Andrew Charles

    Horseman has a ‘team’ element to it incase you missed it

  • Andrew,

    Noted. We sometimes tend to get totally wrapped up in our monitors and forget about the non-nerdy world of the people who watch that other type of screen!

  • Michael Shilliday

    Thought it was good did you? Thats a shock.

    Middle classes aren’t “traditional unionists”? What is the difference between the middle class and “traditional unionists”?

  • Andrew Charles

    Yes … the varying forms of communication.

    Thanks for link.

    I’ll post it up later if have time …

    Is there a separate one for NI?

  • Andrew,

    No 3. I cant believe you asked that.

    The broadcast shows clips of Cameron touring the country in the course of Cameron direct. I can assure you that one of those 26 or so that he referred to was the one in Belfast.

    However, many of the questions which came up from the audience included questions relevant to NI including questions about the economy, the recession, Government spending, tax and of course Europe where it was mentioned once again that the Conservatives have demanded a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty and have promised one if they are elected before the treaty takes effect.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Seymour Major,

    if there is a further 20% drop in the value of Sterling – do you think the Tories should consider the Euro as means of protecting the economy?

  • Andrew No. 9

    We are limited to 3 broadcasts per party.

    I am slightly embarassed to say that I really dont know if there is going to be a PPB which is more locally based.

    Tomorrow, I will be meeting senior officials within the party. I will have an opportunity to clarify that then.

  • Dec

    Could someone explain, in practical terms, how the interests of Unionists (or Nationalists for that matter) are defended within Europe.

  • Scamallach

    When they do that pan-out shot of the “core team” the average age is desperate. Are these people supposed to be representative of the whole (unionist) community?? Get someone with a pulse in there.

  • Sammy,

    You might as well ask me if they invent a machine which makes clouds pour rain, does that mean that the Minister of the Environment will at last believe that climate change is man made?

    OK, being serious, No. Being free from the Euro is the key to improving our lot.

  • Dec

    Interesting how it opens with the DUP leader proudly boasting about political progress in the North and how bright the future is (working with Sinn Fein in Stormont) then within 2 minutes we have Gregory and Nigel assuring us the DUP will stop Sinn Fein. Old habits die hard I suppose.

  • Seymour Major,

    Being free from the Euro is the key to improving our lot.

    You’re a solicitor rather than an economist. It shows.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    SM,

    Would you be prepared to see Britain bankrupt after having gone through a further series of quantitative easing (yes I know the Euro zone have done the same today) rather than join the Euro?

  • Apart from a section in the middle on fishing, farming and small business, there’s very little for this to be why we should vote Diane Dodds for MEP. Is this an Election to gather the best three people to represent us for Europe, or is it a mandate, a vote of confidence for political parties? Sadly, it’s the latter, and it insults me as a voter.

  • Silverline

    Thought it was well balanced positive and rather good.

  • Ulick

    Just had the DUP election leaflet put through my door (the canvasser not hanging around for a chat) and it’s hilariously funny. On the back we’re treated to a little graph showing the increase in the SF vote share over the past two Euro elections and inside it’s littered with references about stopping a SF victory. There is next to no substance on European issues and so many disingenuous claims on ‘delivering’ that Uncle Andy could see through. The obvious DUP insecurity doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.

  • slug

    “Being free from the Euro is the key to improving our lot.

    You’re a solicitor rather than an economist. It shows. ”

    Er, many economists believe that the UK is better out, retaining monetary policy (and fiscal policy) control.

  • Astounded

    Seymour

    Are you seriously trying to tell us that the UUP/Tory PEB is going to be the english version with just a brief glimpse of NI?

    You are either deluded or the UUP/Tory’s are deluded because thats insane.

  • oneill

    Slightly different emphasis in the message) for the troops in Carrick and East Antrim.

  • … many economists believe that the UK is better out ..

    It worked for Zimbabwe, so maybe it’ll work for the UK too. Would you favour a separate currency for NI too, for the same reason? Maybe one for Castlederg … ?

  • slug

    Horseman – your statement suggested that no economist would argue that the UK is better out of the Euro. This statement is patently false. Some would argue for membership, others against. There are economic arguments on both sides.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    slug,

    as you rightly say. “There are economic arguments on both sides”

    If as the Tories suggest they want to rid Norn Iron of tribal politics (although they are clearly siding with one tribe) then it would we more consitstent of them to stop their own tribal behaviour in relation to Europe and consider “the economic arguments on both sides” rather than adopting an ideological position of opposition backed up by arguements of convienence.

    ….and the sheer nerve of a party that has torn itself apart over Europe (and will again after the Westminster elections) when Britian’s constitutional position is much more secure than Norn Iron’s – to lecture us, the Irsih natives (Prod and Fenian) about tribal behaviour.

  • slug

    Sammy

    Sadly we probably deserve any lectures we get – we (protestant and catholic) are about the most tribal little society in Europe, as evidenced by the peace walls and separate schools.

  • percy

    nice to see them smile though; well, all except greg

  • Bigger Picture

    Michael,

    “Middle classes aren’t “traditional unionists”? What is the difference between the middle class and “traditional unionists”?”

    Don’t worry about it mate niether vote for the UUP now anyway. I think it was that “decent people vote uup” argument that secured that for you.

    Ulick

    “Just had the DUP election leaflet put through my door (the canvasser not hanging around for a chat)”

    Have you seen the bloody weather tonight?!?! I’m suprised they were even out!

  • jimbo

    the dup must think the people are absolute idiots
    I suppose when you think about it maybe they have reason namely that we believed all the tripe and lies and voted the tubes in.We all know that dodds knows nothing about farming and major european issues but rather sees another income to make the dodds one of the dup big money clans and try and imean try to unseat alister because his honesty which makes them look oh sooo bad.
    Ps they want to smash the shinners yet they gave them power and policing .Policing will be after the election — don`t want to give the voters the frighteners.

  • To be fair, it was a mixture of new and old territory for the DUP. No mention of their rival unionists parties (which is a plus) and Diane came across relatively well.

    Saying that, I am very surprised that Rev. Paisley was not given a more prominent role – just a few passing shots. I was expecting Rev. Paisley to finish the PEB with a one liner, but Robbo got his place.

  • fair_deal

    Ulick

    Would you live in S Belfast? Was it delivered between 7-8.30?

  • pete whitcroft

    This will work for the dup. Main stream unionists will lap it up.

  • politico

    “Just had the DUP election leaflet put through my door (the canvasser not hanging around for a chat) and it’s hilariously funny. On the back we’re treated to a little graph showing the increase in the SF vote share over the past two Euro elections and inside it’s littered with references about stopping a SF victory. There is next to no substance on European issues and so many disingenuous claims on ‘delivering’ that Uncle Andy could see through. The obvious DUP insecurity doesn’t exactly inspire confidence.”

    would that have been the pre-election non-eu election leaflet that the DUP produced. That would be the pre-election non-eu election leaflet tht Diane was filmed canvassing with in the PEB.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    slug,

    “Sadly we probably deserve any lectures we get ”

    Yeah…. you are right – but do I prefer my lectures on tribalism not to be given by those partly responsible for the fecking tribal mess we are in – the Tories at the beginning and at the end of the last centrury fall into that category, and not from those who cant deal with their own tribal issues i.e. Europe and particulalry not from those whose current contribution may make the tribalism worse.

  • Frank

    Not much sign if big Ian in the broadcast.

  • “Just had the DUP election leaflet put through my door (the canvasser not hanging around for a chat)”

    and then if nobody came round with a leaflet you’d be gurnin too

  • Seceder

    Strange broadcast I thought.

    Working alongside colleagues at Westminster and Stormont – code for my hubby on both counts!

    Not running away from Sinn Fein – code for we did that for years and now we can’t go anywhere without them – except to mee the Queen because they won’t go

    DUP making a difference – yea not legislation being passed at the Assembly, massive debts being accrued because they can’t make a decision, Sinn fein making a mess of our education but it’s alright – the loyal orders, the GAA and other community groups no longer have to pay rates, and all victims repeat all victims – as defined – are getting a share of the cake but the real victims are being lumped with the perpetrators.

    And certain family dynasties creaming hundreds of thousands of punts – sorry pounds for all their hard work

    Sorry boys not the difference I voted for

  • fair_deal

    It still isn’t on Iplayer for pity’s sake

  • fair_deal

    Balls wrong thread

  • SECULAR UCUNF

    Seymour,

    When are you going to oust some of those grey-haired orangemen is Fermanagh UUP and get yourself selected?

    I take it you’ll be running for Enniskillen DEA in the next council election?

  • AJJM

    As Andrew Charles seems to be a DUP mouthpiece, perhaps he can answer the following. If Diane Dodds is elected, will she be representing us in Europe full-time or follow her husbands lead and only go when she feels like it? Nige was spotted canvassing in Ballyclare when he could have been scrutinising the government at PMQT…

  • Allisterite

    The campaign is going well so it is.

  • Andrew

    “As Andrew Charles seems to be a DUP mouthpiece, perhaps he can answer the following. If Diane Dodds is elected, will she be representing us in Europe full-time or follow her husbands lead and only go when she feels like it? Nige was spotted canvassing in Ballyclare when he could have been scrutinising the government at PMQT…
    Posted by AJJM on May 08, 2009 @ 11:12 AM”

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion.

    As for your query I can only speak for myself. I do not speak for Nigel or Diane Dodds.

    I cannot confirm or deny if he was or wasn’t canvassing. Indeed you could be openly making that suggestion without any evidence for all I know.

    I am a small person in a big pond who believes that the DUP are delivering for Unionism. This is reflected by the inabilities of other Unionists and/or parties to gain sufficient support or recognition of their work and abilities.

    I am sure Diane will be an excellent, hard working and grassroots’ MEP as that is the DUP ethic.

    Many MEPs/MPs/MLAs appear to run off to Brussels and only surface when there’s an election. In my experience the DUP are there on the ground and in their respective elected chambers during their term.

    In fact may I remind you that the DUP had the largest voting and attendance record in the Assembly than any other party.

    The facts speak for themselves.

  • Bigger Picture

    Allisterite

    “The campaign is going well so it is.”

    I’m sorry? If it is going as smoothly as your sentence structure then Jim is in trouble.

    “Nige was spotted canvassing in Ballyclare when he could have been scrutinising the government at PMQT”

    And is he not allowed to do that? Yes when your not down on the list to speak for that 30 min segment, your scrutiny of the Govt is great saying “Hear hear” or waving your papers in the air.

    If we are going to be like that then i do trust that none of the rest of our politicians were out canvassing yesterday. What a stupid, stupid argument. People on this site really fry my head. If i had the Power AJJM i would red card you just for the worst piece of analysis of the day.

  • LE

    Scamallach,

    Good point. Also loving the all male crew bar a few wives…

  • Thought the broadcast was quite positive regarding the benefits of devolution nad the work to be done for ordinary people in europe particularly farmers and fishermen.