It was announced today that the UUP are going to maintain a link up with the Tories. The UUP get a clear run at the Assembly but NI Conservatives are free to run for council. Well, lucky them.
What a stitch up. How does this promote national politics in Northern Ireland? How on earth are they meant to recruit activists when the very best they can offer is a council candidacy? Tom Elliot has done well to keep the link, no doubt, but I can now fully understand the frustration of Ian Parsley and why he left the party. NI Conservatives have been completely let down and it is a real shame. With the NI Labour Party not fielding any candidates of their own next year we are left, once again out of the national political landscape.