20/10/2016 Party Political Broadcasts - Ulster Unionist Party


20/10/2016

A party political broadcast by the Ulster Unionist Party ahead of their annual party conference.


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In the beginning, Northern Ireland had a parliament.

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Elections were by majority rule, so the party that came out on top

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was the only party to form the government.

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But some groups didn't want to shape the future through politics.

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They chose terrorism, preferring the bomb and the bullet,

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trying to destroy Northern Ireland and its people.

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And another group was trying to ride both horses.

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It got so bad, Stormont was shelved by Westminster,

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and the power to shape our future was returned to London in 1972.

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That opened a chapter of direct rule that lasted a quarter of a century.

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The Ulster Unionist Party argued long and hard

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to return the power to the people.

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Others refused to help, opting to stand outside the gates,

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screaming, "Traitor!" and, "Lundy!" and, "Never, never, never!"

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We helped turn the corner that created the environment

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to encourage everybody into the political tent,

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ending the wholesale violence that was destroying our wee country.

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The last thing we needed then was an official opposition.

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Back then, it was all about sharing power

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and finding common cause.

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But since we started this leg of our journey in 1998,

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our circumstances have changed.

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The multiparty coalitions failed to deliver.

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The bigger parties used the smaller ones for cover

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when things went wrong.

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It became clear to us it was time to open the next chapter -

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the chapter called official opposition.

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It was time for the Ulster Unionist Party to show leadership again

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by taking another big mature step

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towards more normal politics for Northern Ireland.

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As a party of opposition, we will do two things to make politics better.

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We will scrutinise the words and actions

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of this DUP/Sinn Fein Executive,

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and we will offer an alternative

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where the Executive is failing to deliver,

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as we have done with our vision for Northern Ireland

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outside the European Union.

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The Ulster Unionist Party is determined that our journey

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will take us to a post-sectarian society

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where the issue is no longer identity

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but who can deliver on the economy, education,

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on health and on housing.

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Who can you trust?

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Who is in it for the greater good?

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We are, and it's called doing what's right for Northern Ireland.

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