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Does the SDLP still want to cosy up with the Tories?

26 April, 2010


Sinn Féin north Antrim candidate Daithí McKay has called on the SDLP to state publicly if they are still in favour of linking up with the UUP/Tories and if they support their proposed cuts to the public sector in the north of Ireland.

Speaking today McKay said;

“Not so long ago, some senior members of the SDLP were proposing a formal link up between their party, the Alliance Party and the Ulster Unionist Tories. This link up was proposed to discuss issues such as ‘health, the economy and education’.

I wonder how this features in with the Tory Party’s planned cuts to our dynamic public sector and services?

All of this is merely further evidence, if it were needed, of the confused, rudderless position of the SDLP; one week they want to merge with Fianna Fáil, the next week Fine Gael, sometimes its Labour and in this instance they have even suggested a link up with the Alliance and Tory parties.

People have of course become accustomed to identity crisis within the SDLP, but the real question is whether there are those within that party who still support the idea of a ‘link up’ with the Tories and if so, will they support their proposed cuts?

We have already seen how disjointed the SDLP are; when they have flown in to war-torn Afghanistan, paid for by the British Ministry of Defence, or when they have already pinned their support for the British Labour Party if returned to Westminster is indicative of their ever increasing desperation.

Maybe on this particular issue they’ll give us at least some degree of clarity.” CRÍOCH

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