David McNarry: Unionist pragmatism has just led to one-sided compromise

A letter from David McNarry:

Monday, 17th May 2021, 5:00 am
Updated Monday, 17th May 2021, 7:53 am
Letter to the editor

Edwin Poots deserves to be afforded every opportunity to develop policies and strategies and to show competency which meets with the approval of unionists.

With the DUP badly disconnected from ordinary loyalists and unionists, the time given to Mr Poots to bed down and assert his authority is crucial but will take place within a very short honeymoon period.

Further disconnection only paves the way for a Sinn Fein election victory, propelling them into the first ministers office as the largest party.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Unionism cannot allow this to happen. The preventative measure is to reverse the disillusionment of unionist voters through providing stable and confident leaderships across unionism.

Edwin Poots says he wishes to talk to other unionist leaders.

His explanation of his definition of pragmatism will set the tone for future co-operation.

It certainly provides himself, Jim Allister and Doug Beattie with a lot to think about.

They cannot forget that recent illustrations of pragmatism led to one-sided compromise, and damaged unionism.

David McNarry, Comber

——— ———

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our advertisers — and consequently the revenue we receive — we are more reliant than ever on you taking out a digital subscription.

Subscribe to newsletter.co.uk and enjoy unlimited access to the best Northern Ireland and UK news and information online and on our app. With a digital subscription, you can read more than 5 articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Visit https://www.newsletter.co.uk/subscriptions now to sign up.

Our journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them. By supporting us, we are able to support you in providing trusted, fact-checked content for this website.

Alistair Bushe

Editor