The total failure of the TUV to gain even one more seat lies in the hands of Jim Allister. Spin wont wash, it’s about seats.
The poorly supported anti protocol rallies have achieved nothing positive for unionism, losing seats is not a positive result.
No one from Alliance attended the protocol rallies yet they more than doubled their seats to 17. I’m sure the TUV would have liked to double their number of seats. Anti protocol rallies never gained one extra seat for them, it cost the DUP seats.
The assembly needs to be up and running now. Our unelected spokespersons in the unionist community can twist it to suit their own agenda but votes make seats and seats determine who holds power and ministerial positions.
As a member of the unionist community I have no fear of those who actually won the election and those with the greater number of seats.
I’m fortunate as I believe in democracy not hyped up rhetoric full of nonsense.
Raymond McCord, Victims campaigner, North Belfast
• Other commentary:
• John Cushnahan: SF hypocrisy to attack DUP leader over MP seat while boycotting Westminster
• Peter Robinson May 11: Ignore those who are urging DUP to just go back into Stormont
• Editorial May 11: Liz Truss hints at action on NI Protocol but unionists are right to be wary
• Ruth Dudley Edwards May 10: The nationalist vote is nowhere near enough for border poll
• Editorial May 10: If Irish language gets pledge today so must an overhaul of protocol
• Ben Lowry May 9: The TUV vote surge should have been one of the main stories of the election
• Owen Polley May 9: Unionists have an issue with sectarian SF, not with nationalism
• Henry McDonald May 9: A few facts are in order amid breathless reportage about SF
• Emma Little Pengelly May 9: There has been no increase in the nationalist vote in 25 years
• Editorial May 9: It is clear that unionists need to have option of voting for a liberal party
• Ben Lowry May 7: Unionism now faces a considerable challenge in how to go forward
• Henry McDonald May 7: Sinn Fein’s day in the sun but no new dawn for Irish unity
• Editorial May 7: Unionism more than ever needs London’s help on the protocol
• Ben Lowry May 7: Unionist overall vote stays ahead of nationalist total, albeit narrowly
• Brian John Spencer: Unionism was given no wriggle room by nationalism