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Posters and Strikers

Mark Devenport | 15:53 UK time, Friday, 23 April 2010

The Conservatives and Unionists and the TUV in East Antrim issued a joint statement today claiming their posters had been vandalised - some with the eyes removed. They claimed DUP supporters had "descended into the gutter and appear to have engaged in criminal vandalism". Sammy Wilson hit back, saying no member of his team had been involved, condemning the vandalism but claiming the joint statement smacked of "electoral desperation".

This is far from an isolated incident - others politicians have complained about having their posters removed, burned or defaced.

I wasn't in East Antrim today, but again trudging around South Antrim. In Antrim town centre I found overwhelming disllusionment with politicians of any shade. Sir Reg Empey got his photo taken with striker Mark Hately, who was visiting for a Help The Heroes charity event. The Conservatives and Unionists will emphasise Mark Hately's past as a Glasgow Rangers' legend, but the DUP may remind people that the striker scored the only goal for England during a match at Windsor Park which stopped Northern Ireland qualifying for the World Cup back in the mid 1980s.

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  • 1. At 4:51pm on 23 Apr 2010, Steve wrote:

    I noticed C&U posters disappeared in my area the same night the DUP ones went up. Obviously that doesn't prove anything but it does seem to be a recurrent pattern!

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  • 2. At 5:23pm on 23 Apr 2010, thetruthtalker wrote:

    Mark,
    There were 2 World Cups in the 80s and Northern Ireland qualified for both so yet again the DUP would be wrong!!

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  • 3. At 6:31pm on 23 Apr 2010, DisgustedinDERRY wrote:

    Mark,

    And I laughed: have you seen the TUV broadcast yet? The sound track sounds like that of one of Jeffrey's movies! Not that I would know mind you!!!

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  • 4. At 7:02pm on 23 Apr 2010, U14405564 wrote:

    Mark,

    What about the people who put £5 stickers on Peter Robinson posters in East Belfast? There is clearly dirty tricks being played out.

    The cowboy!

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  • 5. At 03:07am on 24 Apr 2010, ManOfPie wrote:

    Mark,

    instead of actually interviewing Peter Robinson, for example... as a reporter, why don't you just have someone from the BBC interview you, for... the inside "opinion", surely that qualifies as news?

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