Ex-DUP man: Whatever becomes of Foster remember – her party sold out NI

Following Sam McBride’s piece about DUP associations writing letters of concern about Arlene Foster’s leadership, having heard similar stories before it’s hard to know what the truth actually is.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 8:00 am
Arlene Foster has been DUP leader since 2015

– (DUP in ‘open revolt’ at Foster’s leadership, News Letter front page, Tuesday) –

If Arlene does go, I have no doubt there will be a plethora of DUP councillors and MLAs emerging from the woodwork, trying to re-write the past by telling us they never supported her, never met her, and that Arlene was never in the DUP!

But whatever happens let’s remember this - DUP councillors and MLAs said nothing:

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- When she supported Boris Johnson’s Irish Sea Border plan in 2019

- When she said others wanted to fight the Protocol but she would implement it in September 2020

- When she gave into republican demands for an Irish Language Act as part of the New Decade New Approach deal

- When her party oversaw the construction and staffing of the border sea posts needed to rigorously implement the NI Protocol, DUP councillors sat in silence...

So no matter what happens, no matter what they tell you, no matter how far they try and disown Arlene Foster, we must never forget – the DUP sold us out and broke their promises, while their councillors and MLAs refused to speak out!

Tom Smith, Independent Ards and North Down Borough councillor (councillor Smith quit the DUP in 2019)

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