Speaking as he launched the DUP’s manifesto yesterday, Peter Robinson said suggestions that turnout would fall yet again in the looming elections were wide of the mark.
He said that he had been out canvassing and speaking to “real people, not the journalists who take some hypothesis of what the view of the electorate is”.
He insisted that “real people” are not reluctant to vote and actually “inspire the candidates”. The First Minister then chided journalists: “Sometimes I wonder if it is part of the plan of the media to try and encourage people to stay at home. It is your job as much as it is ours as part of this society to encourage the use of the democratic process; to encourage people to come out and vote.”