Thursday, 15 April 2010

Only Sectarianism Some of the Time...

Interested to read on the greatly envied Slugger O'Toole earlier today that Gerry Adams (who, in a totally unrelated spin-off, has unaccountably taken to wearing waistcoats of late) approached Margaret Ritchie with the proposition of forming a pact covering the two marginals - Belfast South and Fermanagh and South Tyrone. Both seats were, of course, held by the SDLP and Sinn Féin respectively in the last Parliament. You will also be aware that Margaret Ritchie has unilaterally rejected this proposal.

On the face of it, I suppose the suggestion was understandable enough - ''themmuns have cobbled an agreed candidate together, he might well take the seat, let's try and stop him.'' Unfortunately, that sits just a tad uneasily with the published comments of our Agriculture Minister, the former MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, who stated that the people of that constituency should ''Unite to defeat the sectarian candidate.'' Hard to see as well, just while we're here, what road the Shinners are going down with their siren call to the Nationalists of Belfast North on their election webpage: ''If you are registered to vote in North Belfast, please use your vote on election day and vote Gerry Kelly X. We can do it!'' I could be wrong, but all sounds a little ''sectarian'' to me, all this encouraging unity to keep the Unionists out...

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