Posters and Strikers
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.