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.
Elections were by majority rule, so the party that came out on top
was the only party to form the government.
But some groups didn't want to shape the future through politics.
They chose terrorism, preferring the bomb and the bullet,
trying to destroy Northern Ireland and its people.
And another group was trying to ride both horses.
It got so bad, Stormont was shelved by Westminster,
and the power to shape our future was returned to London in 1972.
That opened a chapter of direct rule that lasted a quarter of a century.
The Ulster Unionist Party argued long and hard
to return the power to the people.
Others refused to help, opting to stand outside the gates,
screaming, "Traitor!" and, "Lundy!" and, "Never, never, never!"
We helped turn the corner that created the environment
to encourage everybody into the political tent,
ending the wholesale violence that was destroying our wee country.
The last thing we needed then was an official opposition.
Back then, it was all about sharing power
and finding common cause.
But since we started this leg of our journey in 1998,
our circumstances have changed.
The multiparty coalitions failed to deliver.
The bigger parties used the smaller ones for cover
when things went wrong.
It became clear to us it was time to open the next chapter -
the chapter called official opposition.
It was time for the Ulster Unionist Party to show leadership again
by taking another big mature step
towards more normal politics for Northern Ireland.
As a party of opposition, we will do two things to make politics better.
We will scrutinise the words and actions
of this DUP/Sinn Fein Executive,
and we will offer an alternative
where the Executive is failing to deliver,
as we have done with our vision for Northern Ireland
outside the European Union.
The Ulster Unionist Party is determined that our journey
will take us to a post-sectarian society
where the issue is no longer identity
but who can deliver on the economy, education,
on health and on housing.
Who can you trust?
Who is in it for the greater good?
We are, and it's called doing what's right for Northern Ireland.