08 February 2017
DUP MP Sammy Wilson has said comments from Michelle Gildernew to party supporters in Fermanagh highlight the contradiction between the party’s public statements and what they are telling republicans behind closed doors.
DUP Parliamentary Spokesman on Education, Treasury and the Department of Work & Pensions.
The East Antrim MP said, “Sinn Fein have given many reasons for bringing down Stormont and forcing an unnecessary Assembly election. Key amongst these have been complaints about equality and supposed “disrespect” by the DUP. Michelle O’Neill went so far as to say “If we are to return to this chamber (the Assembly) there must be real change. There must be respect and equality for all sections of our people”.
There is a glaring contradiction between Sinn Fein’s public statements and what they tell party supporters when they believe comments will not be reported. The public statements on equality are explained to the party faithful as being a strategy to “break” unionists. The calls for respect in public are replaced with promises in private to “put manners” on Arlene Foster. This seems to be the latest ‘twin-track’ approach from Sinn Fein.
It has been clear for some time that this election was called by Sinn Fein to weaken unionism and dictate who leads the DUP. Unable to cope with a government where they are required to bring forward budget proposals, unable to cope with strong unionist leadership and unable to cope with the will of the people in a UK referendum, Sinn Fein have reverted to causing a political crisis.
When triggering the election Michelle O’Neill told the Assembly “it’s now over to the people to have their say”. It’s now for Sinn Fein to tell us whether they will accept the verdict of the people and support the formation an Executive when the election results are known. The people of Northern Ireland are feeling a direct impact from Sinn Fein’s irresponsible actions. They could now at least provide some certainty that their unreasonable attitude will not continue after the election campaign is over.”