David Cameron is under a lot of pressure at the moment. Understandably, he needs and wants all the seats he can get. He has his own problem on how to burst the Lib Dem bubble. I hope that he does well in the 649 seats that the Conservatives are contesting.
Meanwhile, back in the unrepresented constituency of Fermanagh and South Tyrone, yours truly is still smarting from the decision to support a sectarian deal.
I have considered casting my vote for Mr. Rodney Connor. I do not doubt that he will take the Conservative whip, if elected. I also do not doubt what is said about him that he is a “genuine cross-community man”. However, it was a matter for him that he accepted the nomination as a compromise candidate in the circumstances that he did.
He is an independent. The fact is that there is no Conservative candidate in this constituency. In this election, I am at liberty to state publicly who I intend to vote for.
It has not been easy for me to decide on how to prioritise my vote. Voting for Mr. Connor does help the Conservative Party. On the other hand, a vote for him is a vote of support for the sustenance of political sectarianism.
As long as I remain a conservative, I will not tolerate the endorsement of a sectarian carve up. The Conservatives must never get involved in a similar deal again, in this constituency, or any other.
I believe it is right that I give expression to my disapproval of what has happened in the ballot box. Accordingly, I will not be voting for Mr. Connor. Instead, my vote, in this election, will go to Fearghal McKinney of the SDLP.
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