By Brian Feeney (for the Irish News)
For the DUP there’s only one figure that jumps out of the elections, local and European, and it’s not the 131,000 odd that their uninspiring European candidate polled. No, the figure that liquefies their bowels is 75,806, the vote that their nemesis Jim Allister polled. The DUP tried to cover it up by staging in breach of etiquette an unmannerly premature performance of roaring and cheering at the count on Monday evening pretending their candidate had been elected a day before her declaration. The smiles were false, the cheering hollow. Oh yes, the official DUP line is that Allister’s share of the vote was down from 13 per cent in 2009 to 12 this time. Thirteen schmirteen. The ordinary punter sees only 75,000 votes.
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