Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Still no Euro candidate as DUP's indecision is final

No-one wants to be the DUP’s European election candidate it would seem. As Ignited reveals on Redemption’s Son, the deadline to apply has been extended to 23rd January, with a selection meeting postponed indefinitely.

Clearly Peter Robinson is experiencing difficulties persuading a high profile candidate to stand. With Jim Nicholson set to avail of a slick Conservative campaign team and Jim Allister rabidly snarling at the Dupes, who would want to take this poison chalice?

Whether Nigel Dodds finally has his arm twisted to stand is now a moot point. Clearly the DUP is in disarray. Perhaps 'Big Ian' might consider a comeback? What about Pootsie or Ian Junior?

Alan Hansen has a stock phrase which he trots out to admonish an ineffectual defence about to concede a shambolic goal, ‘indecision is final’. Just now it rather neatly sums up the DUP.

8 comments:

O'Neill said...

Paisley Junior would be the obvious choice you'd think, just the man we need to put Northern Ireland firmly back on the map in Brussels.

fair_deal said...

Memory of a goldfish time.
The conspiracy theories have a problem namely that in 2004 the DUP didn't select its candidate until the end of February so there is nothing unusual about the time-scale.

http://www.rte.ie/news/2004/0225/dup.html

Chekov said...

That's ok then. There's not been a whole lot of prevarication because they're having problems making the decision, because it took to February the last time! Two of the candidates on that occasion being Jim Allister (the arch enemy this time) and Paul Berry ('sport's injury' rub down fan and no longer a party member)!

Chekov said...

Out of interest FD, seeing as you're enjoying making comparisons.

Did the DUP postpone their selection meeting last time round?

Did they have a surfeit of candidates wishing to contest the seat?

Were they at that time seeking to win back a seat?

Carson's Cat said...

Chekov
Arguably the last election was the "big" one for the DUP - it was their first 'post Paisley' Euro election so they'd have wanted to go as early as possible to give Allister the most time to build up his profile.

They didn't select till quite late last time and seem to be following a similar pattern this time. Delay of a week could be for any reason. Why did your beloved Ulster Unionist Party put back their conference?

BTW, the DUP are't seeking to "win back" a seat. They won a seat in '04 and will retain it this time. Again of course poor 'oul Nicholson will be relying on DUP transfers to get elected, whether he's got a UUP rosette or a Tory rosette on.

Chekov said...

CC,

Is there much competition amongst high profile reps to stand?

Unless the DUP currently hold a European seat then naturally they have to win it back if they are to have an MEP. To claim otherwise in nonsense.

Anonymous said...

Who would want to go to the backwoods of Europe out of the public gaze when doubling up is not acceotable?

Arlene or Jeffery may be the ex UUP sacrificial lambs. Arlene could give up a few jobs.

fair_deal said...

"Did the DUP postpone their selection meeting last time round?"

I wasn't a member then so don't know but the present timetable is in line with the previous one.

"Did they have a surfeit of candidates wishing to contest the seat?"

Huh? You already know who the candidates were from the link I provided and as you showed with the comment "Two of the candidates on that occasion being Jim Allister (the arch enemy this time) and Paul Berry ('sport's injury' rub down fan and no longer a party member)!" As I said "Memory of a goldfish time."