PRIME MINISTER David Cameron and Ulster Unionist Party leader Tom Elliott yesterday agreed that the formal alliance between the two parties is over, saying that “it is not acceptable in its current form”.Mr Elliott's contribution to the destruction of the alliance goes a bit deeper than that "dismissive attitude" since he has become leader; throwing his personal weight behind the (Protestant) "Community" candidate in FST was the final, resounding death-knell for the project.
Mr Elliott has been dismissive of the relationship since becoming party lead, while some Northern Ireland Conservatives complained that the UUP made little effort to make it work.
That being the case, why Cameron is continuing to bother with this, I really don't know:
"David was very positive about his desire to continue the link, and we agreed that there are many opportunities which flow from such a relationship."There's nothing whatsoever left for the Conservatives at a local or national level in this relationship, a simple: "Thank you (I think) and goodbye" would have sufficed.
"We have agreed to independently consider the potential for progression, before coming together again at the end of this month to discuss this matter further,” the UUP leader declared."