The UUP leadership election has got vicious with Basil McCrea making a very misjudged attack on Tom Elliott. McCrea undertook some shameless ambulance chasing by invoking the name of Peadar Heffron (a police officer and GAA player severely injured in a dissident car bomb attack) to attack Elliott's position on GAA matches. Although he didn't care enough about Heffron to spell his name right.
McCrea's supporters had argued that Basil was a candidate who offered integrity. However, this choice of statement would undermine that. McCrea's desire to keep the GAA story alive has led to a ill-advised move that should enable Eliott to regain his media footing. In any leadership election there is a line between robust and destructive and McCrea's hunger may be pushing it in that direction.
The claim by McCrea that that he's "not going to go negative on a party colleague" is amusing and doesn't stand up to a glance let alone serious scrutiny. The UUP has specialised in circular fire squads for a number of years and if the contest continues in this manner we may be on the verge of the biggest one yet.