Election Communication

North Belfast Constituency

Marjorie Hawkins
“Alliance is working to build a united community in Northern Ireland. The Agreement is not the ceiling of our ambition, but the foundation on which we can build a shared society. “Alliance is working for an open, free and fair society. Only Alliance rejects the notion that we must all be boxed into ‘two communities’. “Alliance is working to give everyone something better than tribal politics – a genuinely shared future.”

“Improving community relations must be the biggest priority for our Assembly - not an optional extra. Only Alliance is providing credible answers to the problem of how we deal with our divisions.” “Only Alliance asks the awkward questions that need to be asked, and raises the difficult issues that need to be raised.”

THURSDAY 29th MAY 2003

North Belfast
Alliance Works ~ Tribal Politics Doesn’t
www.allianceworks.org

www.allianceworks.org
Published by Elwyn Wilson on behalf of Marjorie Hawkins, 88 University Street, Belfast. Printed by GPS Colour Graphics, Alexander Road, Belfast, BT6 9HF.

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Marjorie Hawkins

Marjorie Hawkins Works • Born and Bred in the Tiger’s Bay Area. • Member of Carrickfergus District Police Partnership Board. • Alliance Spokesperson on Children’s Issues – campaigned for a Children’s Commissioner for Northern Ireland, and for the freedom of children to attend schools in safety. • Attended Leadership Conferences in Washington DC. • Noted campaigner for peace and reconciliation.

Five Years of Wasted Opportunities The Agreement has yet to be properly implemented. Traditional parties have pursued their own narrow agendas and bickered over issues such as policing reform rather than working together for the good of all. Even today, rather than looking to a shared future together, the UUP and the SDLP are moving to the extremes, looking over their shoulders at the DUP and Sinn Féin. Meanwhile on the streets, sectarianism, segregation and law and order remain major problems. Sectarianism Costs Sectarianism and segregation carry huge human and financial costs. More and more people are living almost parallel lives with a bare minimum of contact with those on ‘the other side’. Huge resources are wasted in providing separate facilities that could be better invested in improving public services. Why to we persist in forcing people into boxes called unionism and nationalism? Apartheid never worked in South Africa. It can never work here. Making the Difference Healing our community divisions must be the biggest priority for the Assembly. Unless we seriously address these problems, they will eventually destroy the Agreement and all that has been achieved so far. Alliance is the leading cross-community and anti-sectarian voice in Northern Ireland. Alliance is the political voice of those who work to create a united community, characterised by sharing not separation. Alliance offers everyone an invitation to join something different, something better than tribal politics – a genuinely shared and non-sectarian future. For Alliance, the Agreement is not the ceiling of our ambition. It is the foundation on which we can build a better future.

North Belfast
“In this election, you can use your first preference vote to send a very powerful message. With P.R., every vote counts. “The past five years have shown that tribal politics can’t deliver for Northern Ireland. By contrast, Alliance is working to deliver a new vision of how we can live and learn, work and play together as a society. “This is your opportunity to say ‘no’ to the failed tribal politics of the past, and to say ‘yes’ to a new beginning by voting Alliance.”

The full Assembly Manifesto, and detailed policy papers are available from www.allianceworks.org or by phoning 9032 4274

Marjorie Hawkins

Alliance Works ~ Tribal Politics Doesn’t Back in 1998, people voted for a new beginning. While in many respects Northern Ireland is better than before, the progress that people had a right to expect has not occurred.

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