On Saturday TUV leader Jim Allister joined his East Londonderry candidate Jordan Armstrong out canvassing in Coleraine. After speaking to local people, Jordan commented;
“It is clear from speaking to local people that there is widespread frustration at Stormont and the state of local politics. They have also expressed their anger as they feel abandoned with the uncertainty of Stormont. They are questioning whether Stormont will return after the elections and if it does, will it provide something that has the capability of functioning properly and delivering for people on the ground.
“People are fed up with the lack of delivery, the abuse of taxpayer’s money and the constant deadlock. TUV demands that it stops. Enough is enough!
“Local people are yearning for a government that works, that delivers and can provide the stability that is essential for our economy.
“If you or someone in your family are one of the 40,000 people who has been waiting more than 52 weeks for a first outpatient appointment, you are unlikely to regard Stormont as working for you.
“If you are one of the unemployed – the Northern Ireland rate is well above that in the rest of the UK – you are unlikely to regard Stormont as working for you.
“If you are a pensioner who is told you should be grateful for your bus pass every election, you are unlikely to regard Stormont as working for you. “These are genuine concerns and something the TUV takes very seriously going into this election. We fully understand that it is local people and local services who bare the brunt of a crisis-prone government and we want to change that with your help.
“4m parties, you’ll get the same, and if you don’t vote, you get what you’re given!
“TUV is proposing that we get rid of the Executive and its Special Advisers which has been responsible for the constant deadlock and squander and replace them with British Ministers with the vital difference from conventional direct rule that they are accountable to the Assembly.
“Under such a system, a British Minister would introduce their legislation to the Assembly while individual MLAs would continue to have unfettered opportunity to introduce Private Member’s Bills and to voice the concerns of their constituents.
“This insures your voice is heard, removes the instability of our political institutions, and more importantly, provides a government that’s capability to deliver vital services without the constant deadlock.
“If you are serious about seeing a change and something that works, it starts with your vote to make that difference. Only you can make it happen.
“Don’t underestimate the power of your vote. Brexit and the US election reminded people of their power at the ballot box.
“Voting for TUV is a sound investment, that enables you to take control of your future and take control of who becomes your government. This election you decide your path!
“I am standing to give those people who hold Stormont in such low esteem the chance to answer back and to take control of their future.”