#SluggerReport Election Special: How is it for you? #AE16

So, I’m back with the daily SluggerReport, daily at the slightly later time of 10.30 on the Slugger Facebook Page.

Tomorrow, I’ll be asking whether political journalists are taking the Assembly election contest seriously; reviewing some of the Constituency profiles that have been published so far; and wrapping with a quick diary of the day’s lead election news and events.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

  • terence patrick hewett

    “…for there is an upstart Crow, beautified with our feathers, that with his Tygers hart wrapt in a Players hyde, supposes he is as well able to bombast out a blanke verse as the best of you: and being an absolute Johannes fac totum, is in his owne conceit the onely Shake-scene in a countrey”.

    Thus does the dramatist Robert Greene in his pamphlet, Greene’s Groats-Worth of Wit, castigate the ignorant and provincial upstart actor William Shakespeare for having the temerity to write plays in competition with the Great and the Good.

    What larks Pip, what larks; We are a sporting nation, more Jorrocks than Jacobin; but do not underestimate our capacity for outrage at corruption, for it has a very
    honourable history. It is in paraphrase of Henry Fielding’s sporting Squire Western. “…Lards! Lards! that pack of Hanoverian Rats.”

    The largeness and sanity of mind of Chaucer is forgotten amongst the Pride of academic self-admiration. If only we had the courage of John Bunyan. If only we could write like John Bunyan. If only we had the Charity of John Bunyan. And Charity, is what both Geoffrey Chaucer and John Bunyan have in common; a profound love of humanity.

    But there, I am only a rude mechanical; one of the mob, full of sound and fury and signifying nothing.

  • chrisjones2

    For me its non existent. The crop of election posters hasn’t fully blossomed yet – its a late spring. And aside from the odd talking head on TV and pieces in Slugger its all a non event. Which is good

  • mickfealty

    Wonderful quotations Terence. Any chance you you could ground some of them for us?

  • Gaz

    Maybe if not enough people turn out to vote The Secretary of State will declare the result null and void and re introduce Direct Rule

  • colmh

    I was thinking along similar lines but then I looked at the turnout figures for the rest of the UK. Turnout for the Welsh Assembly in 2011 was 41.5% and for the Scottish Parliament it was 50.4%. Yet no-one is claiming those institutions have no legitimacy.

    It would be nice to think that if turnout fell below 50% here it would force some kind of change but unfortunately I don’t think it will.

  • terence patrick hewett

    I’m working on it Mick: but it may take some time for the daemons to be tamed.