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After the chaos wrought by DUP and UUP stupidity and arrogance, we'd be better off with direct rule

Letter of the day: election fallout

As a conscientious objector to the Northern Ireland Assembly, I once again declined to vote in the election. Nor did I take off to the local garden centre to comfort myself in the free heat provided by the oil-burning boiler heating system.

Nevertheless, I was interested in the election outcome, and my observations are as follows. Sinn Fein give the impression their candidates are determined to represent the wishes of republicans, whereas the DUP are content to represent themselves and the electorate is the means to that end.

Meanwhile, the UUP, under the leadership of Mike Nesbitt, was, to paraphrase F Scott Fitzgerald, holding two opposing ideas in mind at the same time. Mr Nesbitt's electoral strategy was to bamboozle his constituents by suggesting they should vote for maintaining the Union while simultaneously voting for Irish unity. Some clear thinking by the former journalist.

Nothing has changed in 19 years - the Northern Ireland Assembly is still the backdoor into a united Ireland. The election of March 2 may well have put the key to that door into the hands of Sinn Fein, courtesy of the combined foolishness of the DUP and UUP.

If direct rule is introduced, Northern Ireland will have a strong unionist party under the leadership of Theresa May to administer affairs.

The Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, should quote from the NI Conservatives' 2015 maniefesto when they made clear that the requirements in the Belfast Agreement for a border poll have not been met.

M W WOODS

Bangor, Co Down

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