As the election approaches I think it is vital that Unionists learn the lessons of previous elections.
This is especially true in constituencies under threat from anti-Unionist candidates.
A Westminster election is not the time for protest votes and vote splitting by wasting your ballot paper on also-ran candidates.
In some areas that decision is helped by cross-party support.
In East Belfast where Gavin Robinson defends Unionism against Naomi Long, who’s party conspired with Sinn Fein to remove the flag from City Hall.
In North Belfast Nigel Dodds faces IRA Bomber Gerry Kelly, Tom Elliott fighting Fermanagh S. Tyrone where Unionism lost by a few votes and Danny Kennedy in Newry and Armagh.
However it is also vital where parties haven’t reached accommodation that Unionist voters use own their wit and unite behind the Unionist candidate who can win.
In Upper Bann that means David Simpson needs support to defeat Sinn Fein’s Catherine Seeley in a two horse race, and in South Belfast, where a number of candidates could take the seat but the only Unionist hope, despite UKIP and UUP’s unhelpful adventuring into the contest, is the DUP’s Jonathan Bell.
United we stand, divided we fall.