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Electoral pacts are not good for our politics

It is very disappointing to hear the news that the DUP and UUP are to have electoral pacts in four constituencies for the general election.

Yet the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats do not feel the need to have electoral pacts to stop the SNP getting elected - and there is more chance of Scotland leaving the Union than Northern Ireland.

However, it seems that, for most unionists in Northern Ireland, the border question is the only show in town - even though the border can only change through a referendum, so it's not going to make any difference. Perhaps now, though, both main unionist parties will be able to save some money by not publishing manifestos, because, whatever those say, the unionists are not asking us to vote on their manifesto policies, but on the border.

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Carrickfergus, Co Antrim

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