The BBC soundbite from the DUP conference…

JUST caught Peter Robinson on News 24. The section of the speech that attracted the BBC’s attention most was this:

I cannot guarantee the future of the Assembly but I can guarantee that it will not be the DUP that will walk away. I can also guarantee that in whatever circumstances we find ourselves, the DUP will act in the best interests of the people of Northern Ireland.

This is the DUP message that has been distilled down for the rest of the UK on this horrible day.

The BBC clip played out with Robinson once again appealing to the UUP to form an electoral pact with them over the Fermanagh-South Tyrone and South Belfast constituencies.

PS: The DUP’s latest party political broadcast can be seen here.

  • Harry

    So Mr Robinson, you are saying you will not walk away from the Assembly. Good, we have it in black and white that the DUP is committed to devolution. Therefore, if Sinn Fein become the largest party in Stormont at the next election, you therefore will agree to serve as Deputy First Minister. As you said, Mr Robinson, you will not be walking away. I look forward to seeing the DUP in secondary position to Sinn Fein. Then I wonder how you will convince the electorate that “unionists control the agenda”.

    Do not renege on your word Mr Robinson, you seem to do that a lot. First with tricking unionists in 2007 Assembly elections then with your “we will stop double-jobbing”. Mr Robinson, I hope the TUV put up a candidate in E Belfast in next year’s general election, and I hope the TUV can muster enough votes to knock you off your Westminster seat. It’s not that safe a seat Mr Robinson, and if enough votes are lost to the TUV, UCUNF could win the seat by standing still!

  • Panic, These Ones Likes It Up Em.

    He sure looks worried about something in that picture.

  • Henry94

    That is a very welcome statement and clarifies the division in unionism between the realists and the fantasists.

  • Hilarious stuff from Mr Multiple Jobber.

    1. Were the DUP to act in the best interests of the people of Northern Ireland, Robinson would resign forthwith since it has been he who has advanced the current policy of acting solely in the interests of the DUP.

    2. The fantasists, Henry, are those unionists who watch their vote decimated but think the issue is presentational.

    3. Robinson declares he is wedded to government with the IRA. Fair enough – I am sure the pro-Union electorate will have something to say about Peter’s faith in Martin.

  • interested

    Just heard from a political commentator over 600 in attendance, easily the biggest conference in NI this year.

  • Not long left peter…

    Erm 600?

    30.35 -30.40 gives a fair shot of the crowd and whilst I may have only got a B in my Maths olevel I think there was no 600 there.

    Plus the entire front row was either made up of DUP staff (notice the token blonde girl looking adoringly at robbo… works for Arlene lol), the young guy… Nigels son… the resk either hacks or councillors.

    It certainly made me wonder where the party rank and file where.

    It seems good old nasty Jim has taken the thunder out of the party. It was only a few months ago that the party was struggling to find people to put up posters

    Content party my ass…

  • Paul O’Toole

    “Were the DUP to act in the best interests of the people of Northern Ireland, Robinson would resign forthwith since it has been he who has advanced the current policy of acting solely in the interests of the DUP.”

    Oh Noes, political parties act in their own best interests rather than those of the people they were elected to represent, and in further news the pope is a catholic and bears really do shit in the woods.

    If either Peter of gerry had been acting in the best interests of the people of the north of Ireland for the last 20 years then we would not have seen the stalling and brinkmanship tactics which have polarised politics more and more. At the start of the peace process the moderate parties on both sides were the largest groups, since peace has broken out politics has moved towards the extremists because the extremists on the one side have put blocks in the way of progress and the extremists on the other side have used the blocks to stoke up fears.

    If nothing else it prooves that the DUP and Sinn Fein really can work together, if not for the good of the people of the north of Ireland then at least for the good of each other’s share of the vote.

  • Swish family Robinson

    For the good of their bank balances more like.

    Sing Iris!

    Money, money, money
    Must be funny
    In the rich man’s world
    Money, money, money
    Always sunny
    In the rich man’s world
    Aha-ahaaa
    All the things I could do
    If I had a little money
    It’s a rich man’s world

    A man like that is hard to find but I can’t get him off my mind
    Ain’t it sad
    And if he happens to be free I bet he wouldn’t fancy me
    That’s too bad
    So I must leave, I’ll have to go
    To Stormont or Westminster
    And win a fortune in a game, my life will never be the same

  • Comrade Stalin

    Harry:

    I hope the TUV put up a candidate in E Belfast in next year’s general election, and I hope the TUV can muster enough votes to knock you off your Westminster seat. It’s not that safe a seat Mr Robinson, and if enough votes are lost to the TUV, UCUNF could win the seat by standing still!

    It’s interesting to hear that the TUV and UCUNF strategy operates not through constituency work and people on the ground, but by hoping that all the cards fall on the table the right way up. With electoral geniuses like that at the helm we surely can’t fail.

    Not long :

    It seems good old nasty Jim has taken the thunder out of the party. It was only a few months ago that the party was struggling to find people to put up posters

    I thought all the parties paid contractors to do this, especially in the Euro election where there is only one constituency.

  • I presume that was a Housing Executive door? So the DUP can concentrate on their core vote.

    And Arlene Foster finally finds her true vocation in life.

  • pith

    I don’t know if it’s because of all the media coverage on their expenses but I expected the Robinsons’ front room to be bigger and, let’s face it, better than that.

  • wild turkey

    ‘Btw, I wish I was there, just so I could see what the hell they were doing with that door. ‘

    IwIwaC

    My old buddy Jim Morrison assures me they are the doors of deception

  • If Peter Robinson, as First Minister, cannot guarantee that the Assembly does not collapse, then he is not the man for the job and manifestly failing as an administrative prime servant of the people.

    Quite why he should remain as the leader of a Party which spouts a mandate to govern and then fails to provide government is an arrogance which he will no doubt deny in order to continue laundering/receiving public funds, which it is hard not to perceive as a fraud.

    J’accuse.

    And is there a problem with this website, for “View all comments that have been posted about this article” returns no comments at all, and that I cannot imagine as being true … No one making a comment.

    It is far from ideal to have the following caveat too, which allows for an all too easy subjective political censorship of uncomfortable truths .. “Your comment has been submitted.

    Please note that we cannot guarantee that all comments will be published and may be removed without explanation.

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/politics/robinson-the-dup-will-not-walk-away-from-assembly-14570984.html

  • LabourNIman

    not many young folk at the conference either

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    re. “He sure looks worried about something in that picture”

    Party politics aside, you cant help thinking that Robbo must be getting some inkling of how a certain Davey Trimble felt when he came under the twin pressures from the British to move as per SF/Nationalism’s requirements, and a party to his right seeking his Lundification if he does move.

    This is the comparison that the DUP will fight hardest to deny although each day that passes it seems to be more and more clearly written all over his chops.

  • pith

    Did nobody realise that if they were going to be in a room, there was a good chance that there would already be a door?

  • The real deal

    I can see that the DUP has got you all on the run. The conference had over 600 people present. The hotel did over 570 lunches and there were easily 50 in the bar area. It was the best atmosphere of any DUP conference and there were more young people there than all the other unionist conferences put together.
    You can always seek to twist words and policy intentions but really, twisting facts which can be visibly proved shows your collective desperation.
    The conference confirms DUP pollibg that Jim is a busted flush. No sane person wants to support dissident republicans or dissident unionists.

  • pith

    There were clearly some very very young people there.

    Do you really need props for the knock knock jokes?

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    The Real Deal

    re. “The conference confirms DUP pollibg that Jim is a busted flush. No sane person wants to support dissident republicans or dissident unionists. ”

    Spot on – and we are all waiting to hear if Robbo is in the disser (anti-agreement) camp – you can only hide behind the “unionist confidence” thingy for so long before you start to look indecisive and silly and most people who are not in the party think he has already passed that point.

    ..but for amusement value you have to love his – we cant trust the British with the union line – its very true, but it’s still very funny.

  • Marty McG

    The DUP are summed up at http://www.udup.org and the ABBA hit…Money, Money, Money just about sums them up!!

  • Big spender

    The DUP are summed up at http://www.udup.org and the ABBA hit…Money, Money, Money just about sums them up!!

    ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    What i want to know is what id Jim Allister do with the £150,000 he received for flights to brussels? you can get a flight for £300 easily – jim took around 150 flights during his time – thats over £105,000 unaccounted…anyone know where this money went?

  • fashion stylist

    Full marks to William McCrea!I could see he got value for money with those new dental implants. But Robbo’s haircut was not so much cutting edge as shorn lamb.

  • The DUP line, peddled by their fellow pro-Agreement associates, is that it is appropriate to equate the vicious terrorism of “dissident” republican terrorists with the actions of unionists who oppose terrorists in government. Such faux equivalence betrays the moral degeneracy of the modern DUP and poor old Robbo looked quite the fool when he suggests it is better to trust the IRA than the UK Government.

    This belies the little Ulster mindset of Robinson and his cronies – content to share power with an IRA godfather like McGuinness yet afraid to share confidence with an incoming Conservative government. “Ourselves Alone” might be a suitable motto for the DUPES, perhaps Willie McCrea could lead them in a chorus or two of that?

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    David,

    the problem for Unionism with the – cant trust the British with the Union – line, is as I pointed out above absolutely true. He has to share power with SF and have a say or he will have no say at all and the Irish governmet will.

    The GFA/STA is a deal between Nationlaism and in particular the armed wing of Nationlaism, the Provos and the British government and even the allegedly pro Union Tories under PoshBoyDC have inherited that policy and publically support it.

    So the problem for Robbo is just like Trimble before him is – fecked if he does and fecked if he doesnt – and it is now make your mind up time.

  • Sammy

    He does indeed inherit Trimble’s crown of thorns and hopefully will suffer Trimble’s fate.

    The GFA is as you say and that is why unionists like myself have consistently opposed it. I have no issues trying to work with constitutional nationalism but am implacably opposed in trying to appease terrorism in the form of IRA. The DUP dilemma is that the more it cleaves to Sinn Fein the more it fractures grass roots support as evidenced in the Dromore by-election and the Euro-poll. In truth by embracing the GFA. the DUP has ensured it will follow the UUP onto the rocks. It might take two years for this to become obvious to even the most dyed-in-the-wool DUPE but it will happen. The fall of Paisley in North Antrim would be a welcome first step..