”The statistics say it’s actually worse on the Catholic side and yet you’re hearing more complaints from the Protestant side… On the Nationalist Republican side there is hope… On the other side, the side that I am elected to represent, there is little or no hope.”
That is a direct quote, on BBC Radio late last month, from the Leader of the Ulster Unionist Party. Indisputably, he groups together “Catholic, Nationalist, Republican” on one side, and “Protestant” (and interestingly no other definition) on the other side – and then confirms he is elected to represent the latter.
This came just days after he wanted to be the pluralist, progressive party for all Unionists…
In response to a request, the interview was on Nolan on 27 September and may still appear here, with Mr Nesbitt on from around minute 33.