Petition should be a multi-party one

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While agreeing wholeheartedly with the sentiments of the petition in the DUP web page which pledges support for soldiers and policemen, surely such a petition would have more credibility if it was promoted by all pro-Union parties and organisations, not just one particular party?

It is not that this issue has just arisen, it has been going on for a number of years. So it is strange that the DUP did not contact other unionist parties and groupings and push for a pan-unionist petition months, indeed years, ago.

That they chose to use their party web site for this petition – and in the middle of an election campaign – leaves them wide open to suspicions that they are using veterans for political benefit. Of course this might not have occurred to the DUP, but if not, it displays a singular lack of judgement and of respect to those who served.

Tom Ferguson, Ballymoney