Northern Ireland Assembly Election: 01/02/2017 Party Election Broadcasts: Ulster Unionist Party


Northern Ireland Assembly Election: 01/02/2017

A party election broadcast by the Ulster Unionist Party for the Northern Ireland Assembly on 02 March.


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Are you OK? You look sleepy.

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I seem to have been asleep for a very, very long time.

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Would you like to come in and get a coffee?

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-Aye, OK.

-Go on ahead.

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Come on.

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-Am I at some Unionist place?

-Yes.

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How's David Trimble getting on as First Minister?

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Er...gosh, you have been asleep for a long time.

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I'm afraid David Trimble isn't First Minister any more.

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Why not?

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Well, the DUP didn't like him sharing power with the SDLP,

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so they pretty much forced him out.

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Gosh. Who took over?

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Ian Paisley and the DUP.

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I bet you they didn't share power with the SDLP.

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No, they shared power with Sinn Fein.

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They were nicknamed "The Chuckle Brothers".

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The Chuckle Brothers?

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They actually seemed to get along quite well together.

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Sadly, Ian Paisley passed away a few years ago.

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That's sad.

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Wasn't Peter Robinson his deputy?

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Surely he didn't share...?

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So, Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness were in charge?

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Well, Peter Robinson's actually left elected politics.

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-What happened to him?

-Phew...well...

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Erm...well...that's...that's...

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The thing is...it's...

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It-It's complicated.

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It's complicated.

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Anyway, after he left, we were promised a fresh start

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by Martin McGuinness and Arlene Foster.

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Arlene Foster? So, she's leading the Ulster Unionists.

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No. She left them in protest at the Belfast Agreement.

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And now she's First Minister and sharing power with Sinn Fein?

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More or less.

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You see, Martin McGuinness has just resigned -

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his resignation meant Arlene had to go, too.

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It's a joint office.

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So what happened to the Ulster Unionists?

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Well, Mike Nesbitt's leading them now.

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He's building a new, strong team.

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Mike Nesbitt?

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Isn't that the same guy that done

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the political interviews on the television?

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Yeah, well, the world changes,

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and he's recruiting people from all walks of life.

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I'm not surprised - sounds like Northern Ireland needs changing.

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You are absolutely right there.

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And it has to start at Stormont,

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with an executive populated by parties who WANT to share power.

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Then you can have a union and a unity of purpose

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for the common good for all the people of Northern Ireland.

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The people were promised a fresh start,

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which actually turned out to be a false start,

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and the problem is there's no chemistry between the leadership,

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and it's the same in any walk of life -

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politics, business, families.

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You'll get on better when you get along with people

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and yes, of course, particularly in politics,

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it can be a bit of a stretch.

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And do you know, if we don't do it,

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we are doomed to more of the same old, same old.

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-Like what?

-Failure. There's been too much failure.

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Disappointments, debacles, scandals, false starts and broken promises.

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There's been incompetence, there's been arrogance,

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even allegations of corruption.

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And that's why we think it's time to change.

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We still educate our children separately,

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our health service is broken

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and we have a severely challenged economy

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and, on top of all that, one of the biggest financial scandals ever,

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over a wood-pellet renewable heating scheme.

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That's what your holding in your hand, by the way -

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you couldn't make it up.

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What do you mean?

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Well, the DUP-Sinn Fein executive

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were paying people £160

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for every £100 of those pellets that they burned.

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The projected overspend is half a billion pounds,

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or £85,000 a day.

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It's nicknamed "cash for ash".

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You're joking!

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And that's what brought the Assembly down?

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Well, it was the big straw that broke the camel's back.

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We cannot go on like this. But we don't have to.

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In the time it takes to pop down to the shops,

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you can become another vote for change,

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and that's what I would like you to do.

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So, on March 2nd, I am asking you to vote Ulster Unionist

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and I promise this -

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if enough of you do, I will deliver a new, dynamic Stormont.

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Thank you.

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