— Leading DUP politician Sammy Wilson once endorsed a proposal by terrorist paramilitaries to ethnically cleanse Northern Irish Catholics
Speaking for the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in 1994, the East Antrim MP said a formal proposal by the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) to murder and expel Catholics from Northern Ireland was a “very valuable return to reality,” and that it showed that “some loyalists are looking ahead and contemplating what needs to be done to maintain our separate Ulster identity.”
DUP MP Sammy Wilson (source)
The UDA is a notorious Northern Irish terrorist paramilitary organisation said to be responsible for the deaths of over 400 people, the vast majority of them Catholic.
Wilson’s comments were in response to the UDA’s so-called “Doomsday” plan which called for the establishment of “an ethnic Protestant Homeland” through the expulsion, murder and internment of Northern Ireland’s Catholic population.
It’s not the only time Wilson has publicly endorsed ethnically divisive views.
In 2016, he was filmed appearing to agree with the comment “get the ethnics out” while taking part in a BBC documentary.
Earlier this week it was announced that the DUP is in talks with the UK’s Conservative Party over plans to form a coalition government.