Petition should be a multi-party one

Letters to Editor
Letters to Editor

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