Speaking after the launch of his party’s Assembly manifesto in the Ramada Hotel, East Londonderry TUV Candidate Jordan Armstrong said:
“TUV offers the people of Northern Ireland the chance to vote for straight talking and principled politics. The electorate know where TUV stands and that we tell it as it is..
“The TUV are clear, we will not go into government with terrorists. SF who are still inextricably linked to the IRA, other parties try to hide away from this uncomfortable truth. The IRA murdered again, so called decommissioned weapons are still active and the IRA Army council controls the moves of SF.
“Over the past few weeks I’ve been knocking on the doors of many constituents- the body language is self- evidently of frustration. People are fed up with the same old politics which is hampering the prosperity of this country. The demand is for a workable government which can deliver and make efficient use of taxpayer’s money.
“The TUV have been the trailblazers for reform, seeking to take drastic surgical action to reconstruct the current failing dysfunctional structures of Stormont, to bring about one that is workable and will deliver for all the people of Northern Ireland.
“Our vision is to demand that the electorate are given their basic democratic right, the right to vote a party out of government and the right to an opposition. This is the only viable solution, and we will not settle for anything less. The current system can’t work, won’t work and will never work.
“Without having strong foundations at the heart of government, it is inevitable that we will see the never ending crisis come before us time and time again. Your vote can change this.
“In our manifesto we spell out two ways to democratise Stormont which we invite the electorate to consider.
“The TUV have been the authentic voice of opposition at Stormont whilst exposing the abuse of taxpayer’s money and shinning the spotlight into to corners where no other party has dared. While NHS budgets are tight, you’re paying £15million on winning and dinning for MLAs, £400,000 on photographers, £130million on useless North/South Bodies and sadly the squander goes on. The revelations are unpalatable and the abuse of taxpayer’s money must cease! Make your vote send that message.
“Our manifesto has outlined how one determined MLA has been delivering. TUV succeeded by delivering Ann’s Law, no more terrorist special advisers! We have also secured pension justice for RUC widows.
“Having delivered this with just one seat in the Assembly we are asking the people of Northern Ireland to consider what multiple TUV MLAs could achieve.
“Voting for the same old parties will only ensure more of the same. It is you who will suffer for the failure of Stormont.
“If people are happy with what they have got then they will return the same faces. If they want change that they’ll notice, if they want straight talking and principled politics, then they will shake things up by voting Armstrong 1.”