Election literature online

The Straight Choice is hosting lots of election literature. For example this one from Ian Paisley jnr.

  • dundonald voter

    read this little gem in it in the past i have been criticised for putting the interest of north antrim on the agenda. (no junior you were critcised for putting the interests of one person in north antrim on the agenda notably mr sweeney, because as far as i am aware nobody criticised you for putting the interests of north antrim on the agenda apart from seymour.)

    another little gem on the leaflet i have no intenetion of engaging in the personal petty childish and hateful politics that jim allister wants to frame this election. one question if you didnt want all the above said ian why metion it?? people actually vote for this £57,000 p a claimer

  • dundonald voter

    when it was in connection with seymour (correcting my grammar)

  • Mark McGregor

    DV,

    I thought people would find another aspect more interesting.

  • dundonald voter

    the money allister made?

  • dundonald voter

    matbe this one is below the belt but how much can you make as a lobbyist in one financial year?

  • dundonald voter

    maybe

  • Mark

    You’re much too subtle for me; I did have a chuckle at him having a pop at Jimbo for employing 3 family members but apart from that nothing much different, usual bombast and Prod Populism.

    I do think though, with moving the campaign closer to the gutter, they (the DUP) are opening up a Pandora’s Box they may eventually wish had stayed closed.

  • Mark McGregor

    Blog updated.

  • Dunno if this is the aspect Mark is thinking of, but boasting about devolution stopping central government going ahead with the Irish Language Act was something that jumped out at me. Is this really a huge achievement? Is this really the sort of message that we need for the future? On the other hand, I can see it being quoted by Irish-language activists at the DUP’s partners in government.

    On the issue of legal action. It doesn’t seem to me to be the ideal way to conduct political struggle. Enjoyed the then and now section though.

  • The Raven

    …and yet in north North Antrim, Ian Jr is not going down well with the electorate who seem to be of longer memory than their erstwhile court jesters gave them credit for. Very low turnout for the DUPs ahead in this area?

  • Halfer

    I don’t think Jim really thought that this would be buried legally. I think he used the court challenge to hold a magnifying glass over the petty point scoring that Paisley took part in…and then said he wasn’t going to take part in.

    It totally distracted from the rest of the Paisley propaganda.

  • joeCanuck

    instead of directly confronting claims that seem like they could be easily rebutted.

    I think you have missed Allister’s point entirely, Mark.
    Allister may not be able to rebut the “statement of fact” since it may be (probably is) perfectly true. And that doesn’t mean that he did anything illegal or even morally dubious, if he was simple now being paid for work done much earlier before being elected.

    I think it’s the innuendo he was trying to stop. A libel action would not give him a proper remedy because once something is said, it cannot be unsaid. And doesn’t look to be libel, just nudge nudge, wink wink.

  • “Very low turnout for the DUPs ahead in this area?”

    Usual caveats apply, but the money (and very shortly afterwards the bookies) apppear to be heading in that direction, not only in N.Antrim but the other constituencies where the DUPes are at risk (with the unfathomable exception of Lagan valley).

    Where’s Moderate Unionist? I told you Jimbo at 3/1 was a steal, down now to 15/8 and falling daily!

  • jtwo

    It strikes me as a mistake on Allister’s part as the DUP have been hawking his legal aid earnings around for ages and nobody was interested as (and the judgement is clear that Paisley accepts this) it was money he had earned from cases which pre-date his time in Brussels. That might also account for the MSM caution – they don’t want to be party to innuendo that Allister was neglecting his political job to trough at the Crown Court when even the DUP accept such an innuendo has no basis in fact.

  • iluvni

    Must say, watching the news coverage, IPJ was obnxious as he emerged from the court. Arrogant, smug and conceited.
    I hope the smile is well and truly wiped from his face come May 6.

  • RepublicanStones

    Bit embarrassing for Jimbo QC to have his injunction fail.

  • As electioneering leaflets go it seemed the usual stuff. Harmless to believers, and not likely to impress independents.

    IPj is usually obnoxious that is going to be a handicap…

  • dundonald voter

    i can echo all the recent above about junior being arrogant self conceited and generally to full of himself by half. but what about the party leader calling for openess and transparency? were has he been for the last 5 months???

  • RepublicanStones

    It also seems to be a collection of ‘look who I met’ photos.

  • aquifer

    Sensible of the judges to stay out of it, let the jury of 75,000 decide.

  • Michaelhenry

    did paisly jnr admit today at court that he made a mistake regarding the jim allister money claims, and this is the reason that jim knows that he is going to clear his name, but that his name will not be cleared untill after the election, so jnr chuckled,

  • I do not believe there is such a thing as as a socialist lawyer. I do not believe there is such a thing as a socialist politician. Already we see how much JMcA and IPj have in common. A pox on both of them!

  • Mack
  • Harry J

    …and yet in north North Antrim, Ian Jr is not going down well with the electorate

    youve already admitted you havent even been there, is this more of what youve heard?

    Try knocking some doors, Ian will be elected and Jims action will have people reading his election literature

  • John East Belfast

    In terms of how much he earned in April 2004 to April 2005 (whilst being an MEP since June 2004) in fairness to Jim Allister my understanding is that Barristers account for their earnings on a cash received basis and not an accrual basis.

    Therefore fees for work done before June 2004 will continue to be received long after that date in my experience of how legal fees are paid – indeed he may even still be getting paid for them.

    In addition lawyers may be in the middle of cases and just cant drop them once they become elected – I assume there would be an overlap.

    The issue would be was he taking on new briefs after June 2004 – that would be a complaint – but if that is not what IPJ is saying then this is just a cheap stunt and Allister has a right to feel aggrieved for a clumsy distortion of the facts

  • paulmustbeonthepayroll

    Today I spoke to some undecided voters in North Antrim in the wake of this story. It is quite clear that this is not having the desired effect that the DUP would expect. In fact, quite the contrary is true. People are appalled by the DUP’s gutter tactics in the deployment of this leaflet. At best the view is that it is disrespectful even amongst DUP voters. Allister is widely regarded as one of the best criminal lawyers in Northern Ireland and the fact that he makes money from his aptitude in this sphere is actually admired. Irrespective of whether he did or not carry out legal work during his time as an MEP, the fact remains is that he discharged his responsibilities in both spheres to great effect, to many in North Antrim that is a sign of extreme competence – and to some perhaps even a vote!

  • pinni

    I think the sheer hypocrisy of Allister’s current political position tells us a lot more about the man than his accruing tens (hundreds?) of thousands of pounds on the side, as it were.

    His present anti-agreement stance is a volte-face of the previous negotiating position that he held within the DUP. He was not opposed to negotiating with SF while a member of the DUP, but when he took the huff and left the party over timing and personality clashes he found a new set of ‘principles’ to live by. He is apparently an opportunist devoid of principled political activity.

  • pinni

    Jim Allister is apparently an opportunist devoid of principled political activity.

    Umm, he sounds like a politician to me.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    I spotted many typos, including one glaring spelling mistake – COMMITTMENT – on the second page headline. That would be a reason to pulp these in itself.

    But as long as selection stays, who gives a siht about learning to spell?

    Most politicians also believe in mentioning your opponent by name as infrequently as possible, as it’s free publicity for them, but Ian seems to
    think the opposite. I reckon Allister’s name appears 18 times, while Ian Jr’s appears three – that looks more than slightly obsessive.

    And you really have to laugh at someone who says he’s not going to engage in personal and childish politics in the last paragraph of a page spent entirely on doing just that. North Antrim DUP voters might not do irony, but they don’t do stalker-like-obsession-cum-petty-vindictiveness in a big way either.

    I think Allister made a mistake in trying to get this leaflet banned – I think he could EASILY have turned it to his advantage.

  • dundonald voter

    Try knocking some doors, Ian will be elected and Jims action will have people reading his election literature

    Harry will they read about £57,000 per year for a property which is 3 times over the market value? will they read harry ian senior’s £400 per month food allowance when not even at westminister? will they read about iris’s £1600 bed for her apartment?

  • dundonald voter

    And you really have to laugh at someone who says he’s not going to engage in personal and childish politics in the last paragraph of a page spent entirely on doing just that. North Antrim DUP voters might not do irony, but they don’t do stalker-like-obsession-cum-petty-vindictiveness in a big way either. gonzo spot on.
    but then every interview or debate i have heard ipj on or in is always smarmy and trying to humiliate. the worst possible nightmare is for him to win n a and have to listen to him for 5 years. please God save us from paisley!!

  • I think Allister made a mistake in trying to get this leaflet banned – I think he could EASILY have turned it to his advantage.

    Perhaps, Jimbo’s maybe ahead of us here. The DUP fighting for their right to “freedom of speech” here has surely set a precedent?

    Also Paisley Jr’s behaviour and attitude post case won’t have done the DUP campaign much good; the astute and intelligent line after the verdict would have been:

    “The personality wasn’t important, the right to inform the public of the truth was. We in the DUP have won a victory here for transparency and freedom of speech”.

    Complete hogwash, of course, but, as I said that would have been the intelligent and astute line, two vices Paisley Jr is never likely to be accused of.

  • daisy

    Surely this is nothing more than a case of pot meet kettle?

    IPJ will lose votes in North Antrim because he’s not his father and does not hold the same appeal as IPS did. Whether he’ll lose enough to have to give up his holiday home on the north coast, we can only hope.

  • Jimmy Sands

    Is that it? I was expecting something involving unnatural acts with livestock at the very least. I’m hugely disappointed.

  • Did the leaflet break the record for the number of pictures with Royals in it?