"It is a long standing position of the Ulster Unionist Party that Northern Ireland needs a more normalised form of Government with a voluntary 'cross-community' coalition and an official opposition that is better able to hold the Executive to account.If the UUP were to withdraw from the Executive, wouldn't it push that question of "reform" a bit further up the "things to do" list? As it stands, Elliott is complaining about a system in which is party are playing a real part helping to sustain- an illogical and hypocritical stance.
"As we head towards the Assembly election, with issues surrounding the selection of First Minister and the danger of a tribal campaign, the Ulster Unionist Party is determined about the need for such reform."
"It is clear from the workings of the current Executive that it is no functioning like a proper democratic government. With five different parties, who have different agendas and policies, this type of government is not productive for the long term future of Northern Ireland."Again, the logical and principled step to take then surely would be for the UUP (which is, by Elliott's admission here contributing to the Executives dysfunctionality) to withdraw.
"In the long run change by legislation is what is needed, in the short-term the principled following of democratic parliamentary principles by political parties may be what is required to improve governance in Northern Ireland."I'm almost tearing my hair by this stage... if you don't agree with the present carve-up, then get the hell out!
What exactly have you got to lose apart from a couple of ministerial salaries?