To date, due to a distinct lack of enthusiasm for both declared candidates and an uneasy gut feeling that it really doesn’t matter anyway in the short, medium and long term who wins, I have avoided the UUP leadership battle.
For those interested in the more specific details, it has been covered here, here and here.
However, in the unlikely event I were given the chance, these are two questions which I’d ask the candidates:
1. Why should we remain as a separate party when the truth is that on a host of cultural, social and economic issues there is a wafer-thin difference between what a substantial section of the UUP grassroots (and Assembly members) and the DUP believe?
2. In that case, if the UUP were to disappear tomorrow, would the Union (as opposed to the Unionist political elite) be adversely affected?