Arlene Foster was mocked for talking of a five-point plan during the UTV Leaders’ Debate, which was in fact this:
So, a ten-point “plan”. Except it isn’t a plan.
And that is what really annoys people.
Who opposes “more jobs, rising incomes”? No one. But where is the plan to achieve it?
Who opposes a “world class health service”? Many would say we already have one. But her party has had five years to reform it and has comprehensively failed.
Who opposes giving “every child the opportunity to succeed”? But where is the analysis of why is not the case?
What exactly is “rebuilding Northern Ireland”? The SDLP also have a peculiar obsession with building.
Where is the plan to “reward hard work”, and how is it judged and defined?
What precisely is “smarter justice” and has she noted we have “safer streets”?
Are “stronger communities” to be “created” or are we just using random words now?
What does a “friend of the farmer” mean and how is that a plan?
Her party has had a decade as largest party to “change politics in Northern Ireland”, so why has it not?
And detail how someone plans to “take pride in Northern Ireland”?
There is not a plan there to be seen. It’s just vacuous nonsense. The DUP clearly has no plan – it just wants power for the sake of it. No wonder its representatives keep failing to turn up for panel events.
Plainly the DUP thinks we will fall for this bunkum; in other words, DUP candidates think we are all fools.
It would be a good idea to prove them wrong.