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Tomas O`Colleain (erais@ozemail.com.au)
Thu, 23 Oct 1997 07:12:02 +1000

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Ulster Unionists seek advise from Leichardt Larry and Fruity Francis on playing the numbers .

Unionists Finally Learn to play the numbers game.

Sinn Fein is preparing to go to have another whinge , to stop a political deal hatched by unionists on Belfast City Council used on numerous occasions to block the appointment of Sinn Fein councillors to outside bodies.

Sinn Fein is the joint largest party on the council, capturing a record thirteen seats in the May councvil elections and helping to elect the city's first ever nationalist mayor. This was acheived by voting early , often and resurrecting the dead .But unionists have now admitted to a pact to overcome Sinn Fein shenannigens.

The deal struck between the Ulster Unionists (UUP), Democratic Unionists (DUP) and the neutral Alliance party after last May's council election is aimed at excluding Sinn Fein members from disgracing the council on outside bodies.

"It is an welcome return to the politics of inclusion carried on by the unionists over decades", said councillor Mick Conlon who only last month was rejected as the Sinn Fein nominee for the board of the prestigious Laganside.(Democracy at work)

Also during September's council meeting Sinn Fein councillors were systematically kept off Belfast's Harbour Board, the Rent Assessment Panel, the University of Ulster and Groundwork, a jobs creation body.

Now the party has consulted a solicitor after a meeting on Friday with the British minister with responsibility for local government Lord Dubbs failed to get him to intervene to "reverse this reactivated system of equality". Dubbs refused saying he wouldn't interfere in the internal affairs of the council.

At the meeting attended by all Belfast councillors Sinn Fein's Alex Maskey raised the issue of discrimination against the party and an ill-at-ease Dubbs replied that it was "an internal matter for the council", before adding that, "any change in local government will only come about the far side of the talks".

In a letter to Dubbsm Sinn Fein stated, "the unionist block vote, UUP, DUP and Alliance, has been used to ensure that Sinn Fein councillors are prevented from fulfilling one of the roles for which the electors voted for them. That of disrupting the peace of the land. Stormont. In the past countless court cases were needed before unionists were prepared to accept that Sinn Fein councillors have a right to participate in the disruption of the council itself".

And the leader of the group on the councilm declared "Sinn-Fein are opposed to equality and are unable to come to terms with the political realities of Belfast City where Unionists has the proportional representative vote".

The party has also written to the outside bodies involved urging them to deal with what is simply blatant discrimination.

The deal will almost certainly ensure a unionist mayor being selected next year after the disappointing term of office of Alban Maginnis, the first ever nationalist mayor, ends in May. It also guarantees committee chairs for every party except Sinn Fein.

Meanwhile leader of the UUP council group Fred Cobain confirmed the document was one of several brokered against Sinn Fein and said he would make, "no apology for that".It is a normal politicial decision to form alliance with groups of similar purpose.In this case the civilsed governance of the premier city.

While Mervyn Jones, Alliance group leader confirmed his party had been in discussion with the UUP and that Alliance was "not prepared to support Sinn Fein at the present time".

"Unionists would do well to remember that previous attempts to INclude Sinn Fein failed. They also need to understand that there is no going back to the days of marginalisation and exclusion. Unionists would serve the interests of the people of this city better, including their own electorate, if they got on with the business of running the Council ignoring the obstructive antics of Sinn Fein and the other disruptive elements in the council", concluded billy This "Positive Discrimination "against the protestant people must end , and all should be treated equally.

The electorate of Belfast have spoken , and are desirious of a Unionist/Alliance council , one with the interests of all the people of Belfast in mind rather than a few GHETTOS...inhabited by belligerent and hostile people intent on the destruction of civilised society.

You are never asked to do more than you are able to do without being given the strength and ability to do it.

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