Gerry Kelly running on an aggressively ‘get themuns out’ ticket in North Belfast

Kelly v Dodds


Here’s the front of a leaflet in support of Gerry Kelly’s bid for the Westminster seat of North Belfast. The lack of party logos suggests it’s intended to reach beyond party loyalists to wavering SDLPers and dissidents by rousing sectarian tensions, tribal loyalties, erm, legitimate political grievances against the sitting MP (who just happens to be an Orangemen).

Classic old style Defenderist values then, which really don’t go much further than, ‘get themuns out’.

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