As we enter the last week or so of the election campaign, now’s probably the best time to remind the electorate of Upper Bann to prepare themselves to be frightened, yet again.
Over the next few days the DUP will step up their pathetic election campaign, with a reiteration of – “Sinn Fein are taking over – only Simpson can stop Seeley!”
In 2010, with less than 48 hours to go, leaflets were produced, polls were released and unionist voters were hoodwinked with same rubbish – “Sinn Fein are going to win”, only to discover after the count that Sinn Fein actually came a poor third and the same will happen again this time. The message then was clear, as it is now, we (the DUP) Know our candidate has nothing to offer but vote for him anyway, just to keep them out!
Amazingly in all the key pronouncements by the DUP, in relation to Upper Bann, there has been no enthusiastic endorsement of their current MP. He hasn’t been described as the best candidate, nor the greatest parliamentarian, his record hasn’t been trotted out as evidence of success. No the DUP campaign has been simple - we (the DUP) can think of no reason why you should vote for David Simpson other than fear.
The mantra is simple, if massively patronising – “only the DUP can stop Sinn Fein!”
But is even that really true or logical?
Surely by voting for; a sensible, hardworking, effective MLA, with a track record of delivery for Upper Bann, Sinn Fein will be beaten. Surely voting for a candidate who is articulate, personable and dedicated to the Union, will do three things – secure the seat for the Unionist cause, deliver an MP that gets things done and defeat the abstentious party.
Upper Bann needs a new member of parliament, Upper Bann needs a progressive political representative, ultimately Upper Bann needs a positive future.
So the choice is clear Upper Bann needs a change, Upper Bann needs Jo Anne Dobson.