A non party organisation distorts the democratic process in NI
Agreed candidates from the DUP and UUP will run in four constituencies to “maximise” the pro-British vote
Query: or to “maximise” the pro-Orange Order vote?
Friends assure me this Unionist pact is legal –
“Something similar is fairly common across Europe, from the Basque Country to Belgium”, they say
“It may even happen in England if the Conservatives gang up with UKIP to block British Labour”
Query: Isn’t there something profoundly undemocratic about such pacts?
The voter is forced to support a grouping of politicians who are determined to hold on to their seats.
The voter doesn’t vote because s/he has no way to express a more nuanced political viewpoint
Query: What’s the role of the role of non-party actors?
FERMANAGH & SOUTH TYRONE
– Tom Elliott MLA
Elliott is a Past County Grand Master of the Orange Order within Fermanagh, and Assistant Secretary to the Grand Lodge of Ireland. He is also a member of the Royal Black Preceptory and the Kesh branch of the Apprentice Boys of Derry (ABOD).
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Query: Should Unionist voters be given the ” choice” to vote only for members of the orange order?
Choosing the candidates
The Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt said he hoped to meet the DUP Leader Peter Robinson to discuss unionist pacts for the Westminster election.
Remember: the more exclusive selection methods are (eg only party leaders and top level fonctionnaires) , the higher the involvement and the influence of non-party actors
Query: Were any grassroots members involved in deciding on this Pact?Did anyone hear of any “primaries”?
In NI this doesn’t matter to the Pact Parties ( UUP and DUP)
The Orange Order will win no matter how low the turnout at the polls
Pact Parties approach an election as an occasion for them or non- party actors to take over power
Tell me again – what’s democracy about in NI and the UK?