Tribal politics determines voting

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Daniel Holmes (May 6) makes interesting comment on the voting behaviour of the electorate in Ulster on election days.

There is no getting away from the fact that ‘tribal politics’ determines the majority of the voting decisions made amongst the electorate.

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We vote to either get one party in, or keep another party out.

Unfortunately, for this reason, there may be many independents, or new faces in the bigger parties, who never get the opportunity to show their abilities, because they become casualties of the ‘war’ that is raging in the political map of the province.

Daniel notes how closely the policies of the DUP and TUV mirror the stance of the Catholic church on the issues of abortion, same-sex marriage and euthanasia.

This is one of those strange coincidences in life.

Both of these unionist parties do, of course, base their beliefs, and policies, on the plain teaching of the Word of God in the Bible.

It is (and has long been) commendable that the Catholic church has maintained its teaching on these issues and has advised its adherents to support those who advocate the right principles.

Whilst I disagree doctrinally with the Catholic church, we must give credit where it is due.

This is in stark contrast to many politicians, of various parties, whether MPs or MLAs who, for the sake of a few votes (or maybe just plain popularity) will go along with the crowd and would open the floodgates to abortion on demand, and likewise same-sex marriage, whereas the matter of euthanasia is mostly discreetly avoided.

Ultimately it matters not what the opinions of men and women are, it is what God’s Word teaches that matters.

Because we will all stand before Him one day.

Then the Books will be opened and the destination of souls will be determined.

I could write more strongly on the issues of abortion and same-sex marriage, but I fear the editor’s pen (or as it is nowadays – delete key)!

Will anything ever change when election time comes around in Ulster?

Gordon McNeill, Portadown