Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Unionists fear split vote

If I was to say that Jim Allister is Sinn Fein’s best friend your readership might be somewhat confused. Yet that is exactly what he is in this European election.

Let us be in no doubt, Sinn Fein holds one aim on June 4 – to beat the DUP and in so doing top the poll. Sinn Fein could then claim to speak for Ulster.

Then unionist morale would be dented. Then the republican community could come off the back foot and portray some semblance of strength again.

If the party is to achieve that aim, it will only do so if the unionist vote is split and maverick candidates such as Jim Allister steal votes from the DUP. That must not be allowed to happen.

So, without doubt Jim Allister is playing straight into the hands of Sinn Fein by running in this election. Gerry, Martin, Barbara and co will be cheering Jim Allister on and hoping he aids them in their goal.

Let us, as a unionist community, ensure we do not, like Jim Allister, play into the hands of Sinn Fein and do its work. They are the real enemy — it is a pity Jim Allister doesn’t recognise this.



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