2005年05月26日

DUPが伸びた理由は「政治への幻滅」という説。

Slugger O'toole経由,UTV記事:
DUP success 'due to growing disenchantment with politics'
WEDNESDAY 25/05/2005 14:08:11
http://u.tv/newsroom/indepth.asp?id=60697&pt=n

取り急ぎメモのみ。後で何か書くつもり。The Rev Ian Paisley's recent electoral successes are a result of growing disenchantment with politics in Northern Ireland and not a hardening of attitudes, an academic claimed today.
By:Press Association

University of Ulster sociology lecturer Chris Gilligan claimed the DUP had profited from disillusionment with the peace process.

The Derry-based academic also suggested the results indicated the growth in recent elections of Sinn Fein was running out of steam.

He argued: "The DUP vote doesn't indicate that Protestant voters have hardened in their attitudes towards Catholics, since the DUP position does not differ radically from that of the Ulster Unionist Party.

"The DUP has not ruled out going into government with Sinn Fein; it has only said that it will not do so before IRA disarmament.

"If expecting the IRA to disarm before Sinn Fein can be considered a democratic party is an extremist position, then many of those who voted 'Yes" in the referendum on the 1998 peace agreement are extremists.

"The DUP vote is an expression of discontent, alienation and a feeling of marginalisation among unionists in Northern Ireland. It is not a sign of growing sectarian hostility to Catholics.

"People voted for the DUP not because their policies differ radically from the UUP`s, but because the DUP have articulated a sense of discontent and dissatisfaction."

The DUP emerged as Northern Ireland's biggest party in the 2003 Assembly Elections and underlined that success with an emphatic poll-topping performance by Jim Allister in the European Elections a year later.

However this year's elections saw the party take great strides, capturing nine seats in the House of Commons - three of them from the Ulster Unionists.

Upper Bann MP David Simpson also claimed the scalp of former Northern Ireland First Minister David Trimble, who quit as the leader of the UUP afterwards.

In addition, the DUP gained 52 local government seats and overall control of Castlereagh, Ards and Ballymena councils.

Mr Gilligan said the DUP's electoral gains hid the problems the party would face in the future motivating voters.

Despite many of the constituencies being closely fought contests, he noted the turnout in Northern Ireland was down by 5.5% on the 2001 General Election.

Nationally, voter turnout in the elections increased by 2%.

However Northern Ireland was the only region where the number of people who cast their ballots was actually lower than in 2001.

"The DUP has been able to make bigger electoral gains than Sinn Fein because they have not taken the power that they have earned through the ballot box," he said.

"This has allowed them to stave off the problem of how to inspire the electorate. Instead they have sought to gain from the disillusionment with the peace process.

"Once they take power they will, like the other main parties, have to face the difficult problem of how to inspire the electorate.

"The onus is on politicians of all political parties to engage with the electorate and to deal with the issues that are important to them.

"To blame the low turnout at the polls on electorate apathy suggests that the fault lies with the electorate but it is the politicians who are failing the electorate."

Sinn Fein gained only one House of Commons seat, in Newry and Armagh, in the General Election, but were comfortably beaten by SDLP leader Mark Durkan in the target constituency of Foyle, and by Eddie McGrady in South Down.

Mr Gilligan claimed Sinn Fein's modest gains suggested the party was running out of steam.

"It is not really the case that Sinn Fein has come up against the limits of the bedrock of SDLP support," he claimed.

"Rather, Sinn Fein has become so established that it is increasingly difficult for it to gather up votes from disgruntled and disaffected nationalists, and in some cases voters are even turning away from the party."
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