Calling for your perspectives on the #EP14 and #LE14 Elections…

I confess, I love elections. I don’t particularly like how party activists on Slugger slightly lose the run of themselves in the run, but it is an urgent life and death struggle. And at the end of the day in some of them, the earth just seems to move a little. This was case in 2003 and 2005. This is probably the first time since then we’ve seen some genuinely interesting shifts.

Personally, I am going to wade patiently through each party one at a time and try to grade out a decent analysis in each one. But given the subject nature of all of this, I’m calling for contributions from our blogging team and the wider readership to cut the results up in any way you see as meaningful.

I’d say, try to keep it short, and to the point. Much over 600 words and people shut down. I’m pretty sure that given there is a lot of complexity in this, particularly on the northern Unionist side of the equation that we need as many eyes on this as we can recruit. Good tight contributions on Scotland, England, Wales, Europe and the Republic will be very welcome.

Lastly, I want thank everyone on the team who contributed to the wider debate. Nicholas Whyte in particular for keeping the rest of us sane, but also Alan in Belfast, Chris Donnelly and David McCann for flying the flag for the boul Slugger in the MSM.. And to the rest of the team not least Pete Baker for his timely and grounded analysis early in the cycle.

Don’t forget, if you have recovered in time for Slugger’s BIG Election Hangover with Simon Hamilton, (NILGA), Chief Executive, Derek McCallan and the great Tim McGarry…

Sadly, I won’t be able to make it. I’ll be sitting and home doing grumpy calculations figuring how to squeeze sufficient virtue from Stormont to justify running the next Slugger Awards…

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