My post here has generated a response from local Tories candidates.
Okay. One possible reading of my previous post might be that the local Tory party has put more parachutes into the sky than 2 Para at Arnhem. This is of course a slight exaggeration, and I am more than happy for Tories to come back.
While I stick to my broad point (that UUP are producing v strong people in their nominations), both Deirdre Nelson and Peter McCann deserve a right to reply! Once again, thank you both for getting in touch…
From Deirdre Nelson
I don’t do this very often at all but there is one point I fgeel I should make in regards to your post. I am no blow-in to East Belfast. I was born, raised and educated there. Indeed, I only moved to Ballymena in the past few years, so if I’m a blow-in anywhere, it’s here not east Belfast.
Just a clarification you understand, not a criticism.
From Peter McCann
Bob, I must make another correction.
I am not blow-in. I went to school in South Belfast for 14 years. I worked for eight years in South Belfast. I bought my first home off Sunnyside Street and lived in Stranmillis before moving to England to work on The Cook Report (combating crime), Watchdog (championing consumers) and Top Gear (well, what can I say!).
I fully support the link-up between the Conservatives and UUP as it heralds the end of tribal and sectarian politics. It is the only way to mend a broken society and a crippled economy.
Regards, Peter McCann