Updated April 26 - also on Scribd
The letter is dated 16 March 2010 yet the envelope is date and time stamped 06.04.10 05:50 pm. Why was there such a delay? Why does Ian jnr make an appearance in the photo? He seems to occupy more of the print than his father does.
Coincidentally, the date of the election was announced some hours prior to the franking of the Paisley thank-you letter.
Ephesians 6:19-20 (King James Version)
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
I wonder if Ian snr ever saw that bathroom suite in the piggery.
Added April 17
How were recipients of the letter, immediately following the announcement of an election, expected to interpret the enclosed photo, especially when the son, an election candidate, appears to feature more strongly than the father, the retiring MP?
Who paid for this correspondence to the North Antrim electorate? If the money came from public funds to what account was it charged and when?
A commenter on Slugger O'Toole ponders: "That could play havoc with their election budgets if it was not included! In fact it could render Junior ineligible to take a seat if he won and the budget was exceeded. Interesting to watch how this will play."
A visit to the DUP local advice centres' webpage highlights two other curious features. The sticker on the thank-you letter envelope carries the contact address of Ian jnr, not Ian snr, and clicking on the link to Ian snr's constituency website takes you instead to the European Institute of Protestant Studies. The DUP's Limavady office contains the name of an MP and an MLA, not so the Ballymena office.
Added April 26
Paisley election brochure
No 'Thank You' on this image