DUP Mid Ulster posters take a leaf out of Sinn Fein’s FST playbook…?

The burden of incumbency and being at the fullest logistical stretch clearly leads to some awkward solutions. It seems that Sinn Fein is not the only party with what Tony Benn used to call ‘ishoos’ west of the Bann.

Belfast’s hardest working pol hack Sam McBride reports

Last month the DUP announced that it was standing two candidates in the constituency – despite the fact that in last year’s general election its vote was less than the quota required for one MLA.

Sources have since indicated that the local association deselected the sitting MLA, Ian McCrea, in favour of Keith Buchanan. The DUP leadership then reintroduced Mr McCrea as a candidate but did not remove Mr Buchanan.

Now posters have appeared across the constituency which contains a tiny image of DUP leader Arlene Foster. But, unlike DUP posters in other parts of the Province, they do not contain the candidates’ names, photographs or advice on which should receive first preference votes.

If anything, the posters appear to undermine the standing of the outgoing MLA, stating: “Vote DUP I,2 in order of YOUR choice”.

This oddball solution should lean to the incumbent’s favour. But a retiring MLA Ian McCrea not getting selected would suggest that he has some serious internal stakeholder management ishoos of his own to attend to.

Once is bad luck…

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

  • Msiegnaro

    TUV are fancying their chances here and with a young female candidate along with a very split DUP vote it’s a real possibility.

  • Massive splits in the DUP in Mid-ulster. I believe Keith Buchanan is also related to a DUP elected member in MU. You only have to talk to people wqithin the DUP about Ian McCrea and you will know he is not held in any regard at all. He was a local councillor who only got MLA because of his last name. His profile is almost nil in thr assembly….rarely see him in the local papers (Granted I live in WT)…and fail to see what he has actually achieved, compare to Sandra Overend of UUP.

  • Msiegnaro

    Interesting feedback on McCrea, I had a feeling he was held in low esteem and his vote has been dropping over the years.

    TUV are fancying their chances, is this a possibility?

  • I cant see. The poll just over 4% last year…add about 2% from UKIP they COULD…hit 7% 8% on a good day. they would need to double that to get elected…and while the DUP party is split between the 2 candidates, the DUP voters will still 1/2 and keep a safe seat. UUP will have limited transfers which will also benefit the DUP.

  • Msiegnaro

    Sounds right. I know much had been placed on the fact with the split vote turning many DUP voters off coupled with as you mentioned a poor record from McCrea – TUV were smelling blood.

    Social media was in a little bit of a frenzy on certain sites that their candidate is easy on the eye too but surely this will not make a difference.

  • chrisjones2

    How sad to see McCrea go after he has made such a strong contribution in the Assembly and Mid Ulster ……………………………….

  • chrisjones2

    ….I am shocked ….are you suggesting nepotism at work ….. and not rational selection processes guided by the hand of the Almighty?

  • Msiegnaro

    It doesn’t look like he is going anywhere but back to the Assembly.

  • Granni Trixie

    Ouch! “Easy on the eye…”. Don’t you know that such sentiments belong in the dark ages. Or are you speaking from Mars?

  • Granni Trixie

    Bring in the anthropologists.

  • Msiegnaro

    It’s fine Granni – nothing to see here!

  • chrisjones2

    For the DUP its palaeontologists you need

  • chrisjones2

    We shall see..Perhaps the local Free P Church will have enough acolytes to see him home – does he have any connection there?

  • Pasty2012

    Surely the PUL know if they don’t vote McCrea they will be testing the wrath of the Lord and condemning their souls to hell. I can hear a song coming on there in the distance, sounds like “bringing in the shillings”.

  • Gopher

    The Unionist battle is fairly dull here, the incredulity in Mid Ulster is SF running only 3 candidates giving McGlone his seat for free. The fact the SDLP run only one here given that McGlone was elected before his running mate was eliminated is equally baffling. Has nationalism lost faith in their own narrative? Is there a de facto election pact in operation? Or is the lure of Stormont lucre turning purported radicals to conservatives? It looks very like their is something rotten West of the Bann.

  • Msiegnaro

    TUV would be the only other option as his running mate is completely untested and likely to be met with scorn from the McCrea camp. However as predicted earlier TUV could be out of the running despite having a very attractive candidate!! 😉

  • Jimmys Land

    Msiegnaro, I think this Buchannon Guy has been tested before, seems he run in Toreent council elections in 2014 and increased the DUP vote by over 100%… He may be a dark horse!!