Doug Beattie should give welcome to those in DUP who might be seeking new home

A letter from William Baird:

Friday, 21st May 2021, 5:57 am
Letter to the editor

In his first announcement on being confirmed as the only candidate, Doug Beattie was aggressive and negative.

He said he would be prepared to “shrink to grow”.

To have less, which means he is prepared to lose support.

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You do not sell a product, his is the Ulster Unionist Party, in this way, but rather by being positive, helpful and hopeful.

He also showed that he still thinks as a military man.

He needs to be told that he is no longer in command of some bunch of squaddies.

He cannot command respect, he needs to earn respect.

And he needs to recognise the opportunity that he has been presented with.

None of us know what really is going on in the DUP.

What we do know is that the DUP are divided. We know that there are 17 unionists who Doug Beattie should be talking to.

They are likely to be cast aside.

They might well be looking for a home for their progressive ideas. He should be presenting a welcome for them. A real leader would recognise the opportunity.

Is he that leader?

William Baird, Lisburn

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