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UUP should be working to help build consensus

I AM writing in response to remarks made by the UUP's Rodney McCune (News, March 31) accusing Alliance of doing the bidding of the DUP and Sinn Fein.

Alliance is working with everyone to build consensus to see us through these difficult economic times. We need partnership government to help create stability and grow our economy.

The UUP seems only to want to cause turmoil in the Executive and at times their members don't even agree with each other on issues. It also appears that the UUP are doing the DUP's bidding by trying to make the 'Who will be First Minister?' issue the talking-point of the election.

They're making themselves into a virtual irrelevance if, as they say, they are merging with the DUP in a post-election pact to stop Sinn Fein. They have, by talking up this issue, almost told the public 'vote DUP' to stop Sinn Fein.

The UUP would do well to follow Alliance's example of constructive politics instead of focusing on negativity and obsessing about who will be First Minister. Politicians need to listen to the public instead of wasting time on tribal negativity.


East Antrim Alliance representative


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