Well election day has come and gone, the election result ‘is what it is’ and the Province has got what it voted for, or more importantly, didn’t bother voting for.
So as the dust starts to settle on the results please let us not hear an avalanche of whining and gurning from the dissatisfied, especially those you couldn’t be bothered to get off their backside and vote, you can stand in the corner and be quiet as you forfeited your right to have your say.
In my view there are two very basic lessons to be learnt from the results of this election.
On the republican side – See what can be achieved by simply exercising your right to vote through the ballot box in a democratic election. Was there ever really a need for the armalite alongside the ballot box and did all those humans beings really have to die or be maimed for life?
On the unionist side - see what happens when you don’t exercise your right to vote, which many, many, people gave their lives for in World War I and II. You don’t get picked for the team and get left behind on the bench sucking the sponge.
So I have only one question for the unionist community in this province – ‘Do we really need 50 shades of unionism on the ballot ticket?’
Perhaps this election result will finally get through to the unionist community that ‘Divide and Conquer’ is a reality and does happen.
As a 61-year-old lifelong unionist voter I only have one request for the would be unionist politicians of this province – ‘Please get your act together and come together under one party, of whatever name, in which all shades of unionism, whether left or right of centre, can be accommodated and work together for the good of all.’
Post March 2nd, the writing is now on the wall.
Mr D Love, Limavady