Friday, October 17, 2008

Pop quiz: name that political party

OK, pop political quiz.

Read the following media release and tell me which Northern Irish political party produced it:

“In the coming weeks Members of Parliament in Westminster will be debating the final stages of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. This Bill has far reaching ethical implications. As part of this debate a number of MPs, not from Northern Ireland and acting contrary to the express wishes of the majority of people in Northern Ireland, intend to use the debate to introduce an amendment which would extend the 1967 Abortion Act to Northern Ireland.

“We appeal to every person of goodwill to reject this attempt to set aside the democratic wishes of the people of Northern Ireland. After years of intensive negotiation for a political settlement here it would be most regrettable should the Westminster Parliament now fail to uphold a fundamental value which has consistently united the main traditions on the island of Ireland.

“Last year, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Mr Shaun Woodward MP, stated that the Northern Ireland Assembly is the ‘best forum for discussion of these questions.’ We wholeheartedly agree with this position and ask that Members of Parliament work to ensure that any future debate on the law on abortion in Northern Ireland is solely the responsibility of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

“All the main political parties in Northern Ireland have expressed their opposition to the extension of the 1967 Abortion Act. We ask all Westminster MPs to take account of the clear position of the Northern Ireland political parties who represent the strongly held conviction of the majority of the people of Northern Ireland, by voting against the amendment. We ask Westminster MPs to respect the particular cultural, historical and political circumstances of Northern Ireland and to avoid any action which may be seen as intruding on the carefully negotiated settlement of political aspiration, representative participation and human rights here.”

a) Ulster Unionist Party
b) Democratic Unionist Party
c) Progressive Unionist Party
d) United Kingdom Independence Party
e) United Unionist Coalition
f) Social Democratic and Labour Party
g) Sinn Féin
h) Fianna Fáil

i) none of the above.

If 'i', what party is it, and why?

Bonus question:

What issue(s) in the debate does it carefully not mention?

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