At a rival press conference, Brian Faulkner is critical of the Northern Ireland government for introducing the local government franchise now.

Faulkner's criticism is largely due to a lack of consultation with the rest of the party and the people it represents. According to Faulkner, the introduction of such a measure shows how out of touch the government is with the currently explosive situation in the country.

Faulkner comments that it fails to satisfy the civil rights movement, it fuels the fires of distrust within the Unionist Party, and furthermore, it puts the rule of law at risk in Northern Ireland.