#AE17 Snippets: All Change within the DUP

Today has seen more movements within the DUP

  • David Douglas (son of Sammy) will stand for the DUP in East Belfast.
  • The party have also confirmed that the current Speaker Robin Newton is also running again which means the party are aiming to retain their 3 seats.
  • The Education Minister, Peter Weir is on the move as he is standing in the place of Jonathan Bell in Strongford, moving from his old constituency of North Down.
  • DUP Councillor, Jonathan Buckley will stand in the competitive seat of Upper Bann for the party, replacing MLA Sydney Anderson.
  • Cllr Stephen Ross will replace Alastair Ross in East Antrim.
  • DUP Leader, Arlene Foster also made her first public comments about the new Sinn Fein Leader in the North, Michelle O’Neill today saying “We need now to get to the far side of the election so that we can put these institutions back in place to make them work”

 

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  • aquifer

    “We need now to get to the far side of the election so that we can put these institutions back in place to make them work”

    Hopefully that was not the first comment.

    Scold no more or forget government.

  • mickfealty

    Jonny Buckley is a good move I think… And getting Bell to step down (if that’s what he’s planning to do) should work wonders. Weir is a high value player for them.

  • Msiegnaro

    Is Jonathan Bell running again as a independent?

  • Gopher

    East Belfast

    I imagine that the UUP will field one and the residue of support and transfers will mean the DUP lose one. Dull contest punctuated by a candidate list as long as your arm, Naomi shouting alot, Newton looking old and tired and Bunting’s wardrobe. A microcosm in itself of the constituencies population in action. It will be an absolute certainty there will be alot of twitter photographs of candidates with some pensioner group or other eating a buns. while the rest of us sit in a traffic jam somewhere in Belfast as another perfectly good road is destroyed by bus lanes.. Chris Lyttle and the Greens will take it in turns to praise the great workers of the NHS and pass a LGBT flag between them in competition to see who can hold it the highest simultaneously pontiifcating on Donald Trump and Brexit whilst we just want a freaking road to get home on.. Alliance 2, DUP 2, UUP 1

    East Antrim

    With the fall guy already known this seat is even more boring, just a question of will PBP stand and whether SF will transfer to Alliance.

    Strangford

    Strangford is actually interesting in that Joe Boyle has no chance so will his vote come out for him? Come out at all? or switch to Alliance? The second interesting thing is will Alliance transfer to the UUP when they make quota. Third interesting thing wiil Bell stand? Think the losers will be the UUP here.

  • Msiegnaro

    Weir is also close to Foster on a personal level, I’m surprised he’s not a poll topper.

  • Msiegnaro

    Alliance don’t deserve to waltz home with two candidates, their work on the ground is weak. Naomi Long spends most of her time pontificating on Facebook.

  • Anthony O’Shea

    Strangford is one place where the SDLP have shown how shockingly bad they are at mobilising support. If they up the ante with a bit of hard work they could finish ahead of Alliance on the first count and take the last seat.

  • Gopher

    None of them derserve anything the roads are a disgrace in Strangford, East Belfast and North Down. The whole polulation of all three are in an eternal struggle to get to and from work. They spend their entire existence at traffic lights in a traffic jam watching empty buses sail by every 20 minutes in bus lanes.

  • Gopher

    I know they should have better mobilized support from among the Golf and Yacht clubs

  • mickfealty

    EB is a big constituency for one candidate. I’ve not run the numbers yet so I don’t know about where Andy Allen’s strengths lie, but the UUP’s residual problem has been the inner east v the posher bits dichotomy. Does Andy have the appeal to hold it all together?

  • mickfealty

    If they are, it makes a complete farce of the events leading up to this election.

  • mickfealty

    Gordon Dunne is an ace constituency player and Easton is both a vote junky (in the O’Dea mould) with a lot of support from the loyalist end of Bangor. Neither have ministerial ambitions. In a five seater, there’s just not enough left over for Weir.

  • Gopher

    An army veteran wounded in Afghanistan I think that trancends the working class and the affluent. True it wont be a vote winner with the hard bitten spectrum from Republicans to Coffee shop liberals but it will be enough outside of those .

  • Anthony O’Shea

    Whats wrong with owning a little yacht,? I have a little one, does that mean I should only be canvassed by fundmentalists?

  • Gopher

    I honestly dont know what else they can do with horse solariums and Gilderhew’s brother appearing the the RHI scheme list it is apparent to the electorate that the abuse as Eamon McCann states is across Stormont. That dissapates the impact of the events. Lack of viable materiel to stand as candidates also limits the UUP. The important thing is not to lose seats and the DUP had 9000 more votes last time out.

  • Gopher

    Nothing, if the SDLP mobilized enough yachtsmen they could have a navy

  • Anthony O’Shea

    If the navy mobilised enough yachtsmen they could have a party.

  • mac tire

    For once, lads, no criticism from me. I look forward to these ae17 threads to get a general view of posters’ thoughts.

    *Looks down sheepishly*

    I’m one of those ‘not normal’ and nerds, aren’t I?

  • mickfealty

    Agree. Robin is surely the weak link in the DUP line up. Since they are clearly abandoning other vulnerable positions (getting Weir over the ‘county line’ to Strangford, retiring Ross), I’m surprised they are running three.

    nless one of them is just expected to do sweeper.

  • Am Ghobsmacht

    So why not take the bus then?
    20 mins saved at least ?

  • Teddybear

    Buses are for students, malcontents and children. They’re not a fitting mode of transport for professional people. It maybe ok in godless earth worshipping green minded cesspits in Europe but not here. We like our cars here and that’s how it should be

  • Zorin001

    Sorry, I see this opinion a lot on this site and from the talk you would think that pre-bus lane Belfast was a driving Utopia.

    I’ve been travelling in and out of Belfast 30 years and the traffic has always been awful, there are too many cars on the road and not the infrastructure to handle them.

    Case in point of East Belfast you have chokepoints which snarl the traffic, both ends of the Albertbridge Road and through Ballyhackamore with the onstreet parking also parents dropping theur kids at Bloomfield and taking up.a whole lane doing it.

    Are the bus lanes perfect? Of course not but its made it quicker for those of us on public transport when we used to have to pay about £1.50 to sit and go nowhere when someone in a car decided to cut acroas two lanea and block a road.

  • Zorin001

    So my Granny was a malcontent? She would have loved to hear that.

  • Gopher

    If the SDLP mobilized more than two yachtsmen they would fall out over who would lead that navy. The Belfast sailor or the Derry sailor and god help them if a member from South Down owns a boat too.

  • Brian O’Neill

    You can drive your car all you like. Just remember you’re not in a traffic jam, you are the traffic jam.

  • Am Ghobsmacht

    So we can end up living like north Americans? With our tempers and irrational thinking it’d be like thon movie ‘falling down’ every other day…

    Let those who want to drive drive and let the rest of us who want to cycle, bus or train it do so.

    May your journeys to McDonald’s drive thru be fruitful.

  • Am Ghobsmacht

    But the rest of us will be on looking the traffic jam in awe….
    “Look! A successful person!!! See how he gets to waste money and time in a city that can’t cope with any more cars!”

  • Gopher

    The bus is not a viable option for me I also pay road tax, I dont pay road tax to subsidize buses and taxis and have my car sit in its driveway.

  • Gopher

    Just rememeber when there are no shops left open in Belfast it was persecution of the motorist that done it.

  • Zorin001

    Aren’t we all!

  • Gopher

    Running Robin again was a surprise but in East Belfast they have a huge margin for error before a loss of more that one seat occurs.

  • Am Ghobsmacht

    Fair enough

  • Gopher

    The point is Belfast and the commuter belt does not have enough road to accomodate buses, cars and cyclists. The 42 MLA’s in the effected constituencies should have been working *together* on this to solve it.

  • On the fence!

    Jeremy Clarkson himself couldn’t have said that any better!

    Take a bow!

  • Tochais Siorai

    What sort of a car do you think Jesus would drive, Teddy?

  • Teddybear

    Don’t be facetious

  • Teddybear

    Rubbish. Bus lanes and lack of roads are the cause

  • Skibo

    TB are you sure of that? Some would say it is due to the number of cars on the roads especially the number of cars with one person!

  • Steptoe

    What kind of professional are you besides being a pro at being a pompous twit?
    People are not even safe to take the bus anymore without people like you spewing their right wing venom all over them. Your apparant hatred of people less well of than you speaks volumes about you. Many normal decent people from all walks of life take the bus, regardless of your sweeping generalisations. Pathetic

  • Steptoe

    No, because there is no such thing as road tax, it does NOT exist
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23694438

  • Tochais Siorai

    Well, I thought it was a fair question. If there is to be a second coming, is he (or she) going to be a sharp suited ‘professional person’ in their shiny SUV or will he walk from place to place or maybe occasionally take the bus with the students and malcontents. Or would a tour bus be appropriate? Sorry, I just don’t know much about this Christian stuff.

    Anyway, twas yourself that brought the religion into it with the ‘godless earth worshipping green minded cesspits in Europe’ comment (which if I may so, was quite good).

  • Westie tyrone

    east belfast ,robin newton ,damaged goods ,after the shambles he made off speaker in the assembley ,thought he would have retired ,after ,just getting elected the last time ,as for bunting ,a poll topper ,and will again ,its hard too call ,depends ,how ,the RHI plays out before ,the 2 march ,should be 2 allance ,and young allen uup ,but ,i think the media ,is giving foster so hard a time ,and shes repected ,at the MOMENT ,a things stand i think her vote will stand up .depends if sinn fein ,can find the voters that have turned away from ,them ,as for ,west tyrone ,dup ,top the poll ,again ,2 sinnfein ,1 uup ,and 1 sdlp ,

  • Westie tyrone

    very good call buckley ,

  • lizmcneill

    I’m hoping that was sarcasm.

  • lizmcneill

    I see plenty of shoppers coming in on foot or by bus.

  • lizmcneill

    So whose houses are we pulling down to make room for more roads? Maybe we could build some more high rises to replace them.

  • the keep

    Whats your opinion on North Antrim?

  • Croiteir

    One of the best posts I have read in a long time

  • Croiteir

    I am going to steal that – I have a few green friends to annoy

  • Skibo

    I heard Mike this morning rubbish the fact of JB standing for UUP.

  • mickfealty

    Yep, that came up in a FB comment this morning. He’s focused on getting Smith through.

  • mjh

    My gut says that if Bell wants to stand again his best chance both of election and of damaging the DUP would be to stand as an Independent in Strangford.

  • Granni Trixie

    I do wonder if ‘lack of confidence in the Speaker’ by MLAs has drifted
    Into the consciousness of voters. Plus certain groups he ‘supported’ owe him.

    Yes, the DUP brand is damaged but normally Newton might expect a reasonable personal vote having been a local rep for many years.
    No justice is there.

  • Granni Trixie

    I do hope you are wrong. I have a bias which is less to do with party than being impressed with Kellie Armstrong. She is local, smarter than most – a human version of google. In particular she puts first hand experience of various disabilities to use in campaigns.
    Yes, I know I’m making this sound like a party broadcast but in truth of all my colleagues I would hate her to be the one not to be in next Assembly – people such as her are what we need.

  • grumpy oul man
  • grumpy oul man

    You don’t pay road tax, you pay a emissions tax.

  • grumpy oul man

    Funny when i go to Belfast to shop i take the train,
    Drops me in the City center, no parking fees have a cup of coffee and my book to relax with,in and out no hassle.