Election kit: Awkward Questions for party doorsteppers…

David Gordon has a handy guide to being an (intelligently) awkward bugger when someone comes to the doorstep looking for your vote. Here’s some snippets. First the DUP:

The DUP opposed power-sharing for decades and said in its last General Election manifesto in 2005 that a coalition with Sinn Fein was “out of the question”. Just two years |later, Ian Paisley did his deal with Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. Why the U-turns?

There has been talk in recent months about links between Peter and Iris Robinson and the late property developer Fred Fraser. Did Mr Fraser ever make donations to your party?

When did the DUP realise that the MP expenses system needed major reform and did this happen |before or after the Press got hold of the expenses claims details?

And then the Conservatives and Unionists:

If a Tory Government gets in and starts imposing savage cuts here, will you be supporting David Cameron or supporting Northern Ireland?

Why are you in favour of a unionist unity pact in Fermanagh South Tyrone and not in South Belfast?

We await further installments with interest…

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  • apollo293867

    For the DUP

    Are you a young earth creationist and do you support the members of your party who want it taught alongside science in school?

    What is your view on homosexuality?

  • Mr E Mann

    >For the DUP…What is your view on homosexuality?

    make sure to get the wink and nudge just right when you say that. That’ll get rid of em

  • iluvni

    For Sammy Wilson…

    You have a 44.7% voting record in the House of Commons over the last 5 years…. that isnt good enough.
    As you are also Minister of Finance and Personnel, how are you going to improve your attendance rate to 70% and represent the electorate of East Antrim properly?

  • Paul Evans

    I’ve always used ‘we’re Roman Catholics’ as a way of instantly getting rid of Jehovah’s Witnesses (for some reason I think they’re all programmed to regard RCs as a lost cause).

    If I lived in Northern Ireland, would this work with the DUP as well?

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    Theres no point in being antagonistic to your political enemies.
    It only makes them less likely to call on you at the next election. I doubt if many people are actually persuaded at the doorstep. True, some politicians think it helps if you are actually SEEN to be begging for a vote. On the other hand a group of canvassers actually descending on an area can give the impression that they are ONLY showing up at election time.
    My tactic has been that I tell anyone who knowcks my door that I have always voted for them…….but well this year…..with heavy heart Im not so sure.
    Its always good to have a canvasser at the door for 20 minutes thinking if they say the right thing, they will get my vote again and all the time I know I wouldnt give them daylight.

    Basically all GOOD canvassers know this. If you are invited in and offereda cup of tea……its only a means of delaying the nights canvass.

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    “Come on in……..I am on my own ” usually works with Jehovahs Witnesses.
    Or seeing as they came to your house uninvited while Manchester United were on TV, you could ask their address so as to visit them unannounced to talk Football when they are watching Songs of Praise.
    An ex-colleague used to suggest going to the door naked would work (whether this works better, worse or the same on Jehovahs Witnesses and DUP I have no idea)

  • USA

    For the DUP:
    1. Where’s Iris?
    2. How much do you think I can get for my garden?

    For Sinn Fein:
    1. Where’s Alex? (will only work in South Belfast).
    2. How much does it cost to fill Gerry’s helicopter?

    For UCUNF
    1. Where’s Sylvia?
    2. How much do you think you are going to lose by this time?

  • Freya

    For Sinn Fein in South Down

    “Why is nobody allowed to talk about the fact that your candidate chose a Grammar school in Northern Ireland for her own daughter’s education until it became politically embarrassing for her and now wants to deny that choice to everyone else?”

    They weren’t allowed to answer.

  • sdelaneys

    For Connor Murphy

    Why did you sneak in to the Europa to avoid your constituents, the Quinn family, who anted to talk to you about their son who they believe was murdered by the IRA.
    Why don’t you tell the gardai who the ‘feuding gangs’ are that you allude to in this murder case?

  • As one blogger to another (smug or smug)

    Canvassers and doorsteppers. We should be so lucky.

  • I just tell em Im a witch…

  • emanonon

    For IPJ

    Is it true, for someone whose income comes from the taxpayer, that you have just bought and Aston Martin to be rolled out AFTER the election?

  • Neil

    Yeah, maybe. Or you’ll be up to your neck in baby oil in no time ; .

  • harryj

    You have a 44.7% voting record in the House of Commons over the last 5 years…. that isnt good enough……

    tell me , how many of those votes related to issues concerning only England or England and wales.

    why should N Irish, scottish or welsh MPs be meddling in areas where they have no electoral support.

  • salem

    Lol – i have been often wished curse some of them on my doorstep !

  • Salem

    Well I know it works with Jehovas Witnesses, but I suspect some of the norths ‘politicians’ would need more convincing! Boils on all their backsides!!!