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Crossed wires in Ukip over unionist parties' politics

Ukip candidate for North Down, Jonny Lavery (Write Back, March 19), states that the DUP and UUP are letting voters down.

I can only imagine Mr Lavery's embarrassment when, that same day, Ukip deputy leader Paul Nuttall parachuted into Belfast and reiterated Nigel Farage's belief that Ukip wants to work with the DUP if the two parties hold the balance of power in a hung parliament.

It appears that either poor old Mr Lavery hadn't got the memo, or that he is way out of touch with the thinking of significant party figures - or maybe both.

What must have been even more embarrassing for Mr Lavery and Ukip NI was that Nuttall made the comments fresh from a Ukip NI campaign launch, where he must have been wholly unconvinced by David McNarry's deluded notions of local Ukip candidates storming to victory.

The truth is, of course, that DUP MPs play a significant role in UK politics in Westminster and have done for many years.

Furthermore, having indicated that defence spending, an end to the bedroom tax and an EU referendum are key national priorities of the DUP in any post-election arrangement, it is clear the party are anything but "little Ulstermen".

Rather, they recognise the need to get the best deal for Northern Ireland as an integral part of the United Kingdom, while also advocating policies that serve the UK's wider interest.

What rational person living in this corner of the UK could take issue with that?

DAVID BROOKS

Comber, Co Down

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