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This Billboard was produced within hours of Mandela passiung away. Quite distrubing and sick to think that Sinn Fein have went out of thier way to have this prepared for his death in order to try and get votes out of it.
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These comments are quite frankly idiotic from Gerry. Is he now blaming the RUC officers for thier own death? Oris be boasting that the IRA got them despite them “thinking” they were “immune”
Im not quite sure what is actually going on in Gerrys head, or indeed in SFs head regarding this. Add this to Ian Milnes statment about the conviction for Proctor (which went unreported by tv media)
and it is very worrying what SF are doing regarding past actions. They are taking a very hardline repsonse to these issues, and of the SDLP and/or parties down south had any wit they would be exploting this, as it is, it seems very minimal interest from either, while SF moveforward with this type of language unchalleneged.
The interview can be sumed up very nicely by simply stating that McDonnell is saying standing our ground is no longer good enough.
In recent elections the SDLP has been losing votes, but not by the grand scale everyone trys ot make it out to be and as is the case in recent electiosn they have held thier own ground. I think this interview shows for the first time in a generation and SDLP Leader who is finally stating that they are going out fighting, showing at least the ambition of getting more seats.
Perhaps this is the last throw of the dice for the party as this will be a make or break election for them, but at least he is aiming for something. Getting a good fired up speech on Saturday wouldbe a good start….. Over to McDonnell.
I was told at the time of this vote back in June that there were many in SF that felt very uneasy with the the admenments to this bill and that those who purposed the motion were ordered to do so from the top. I think the muted repsonse yesterday show quite clearly that they didnt want this bill to pass. This raises the question just who is giving orders in Sinn Fein and is there any democratic process within the party?
Well, it seems ther SDLP have finally got a candidate in the form of Alex Attwood, by virture of being the last man standing after all others have dropped off.
On the face of it, it can be a smart enough choice for the SDLP. Theres no denying he was a very effective Minister, known by everyone right acrosss the 6 counties, has a good profile among both communites.
Comapre to his rivals, Anderson, Dodds, Nicholson he is streets ahead in terms of intelligence at least. He is very good in a debate for what its worth and he is also very knowelageble on Europe, more so id say than Maguinness was for the SDLP last time out.
Downside, not the most charismatic of people, though, again could shine amoung any of his EU rivals. He hasnt the best election record, given the SDLP vote slide in West Belfast.
Could he squeeze the 3rd seat? Doubtful and it will depend on how fractured the Unionist vote is all those different parties. If this election could stay away from the usual secterian lines, then maybe..just maybe, but I think the SDLP will be happy with raising thier vote % perhaps looking for 17% total.
I always thought it was Unionism/Loyalism that has a persecution complex, but I think Socaire post just proves it’s still alive and well in Sinn Fein. Granted stop a young SF member on TV a few years back saying people only criticised Ruane because she was a women, socialist and republican…but close.
I agree with Redstar that I hope politians don’t exploit the victims in this case, but Gerry Adam does have a case to answer here. He believe his brother was guilty, he says he had him put out of SF (with evidence pointing to the contrary) but still allowed him to work with young people in the west Belfast? Cardinal Brady was hounded out for less than this, but republicans who looked for Brady’s blood say it’s wrong for the press or anyone else to look for straight answers from Adams?
Cant see the DUP rocking the boat to much with EU election. They could run two, they could get 2 seats but the mostly likely situation is they would hand a seat to the SDLP. The field is already going to have DUP, UUP, NI21, UKIP, Jamie Bryson, TUV and God knows who else on the Unionisnt side of things. While there will be SDLP, SF on the nationalist while Alliance and Greens battle out the “neutral” ground. Unionism will find it hard enough to manage all that vote.
On the topic at hand, Yes the SDLP are leaving it far to late to select a candidate, but Id say thats more to dow ith no-one looking to run and bar a return of Mallon, Hume, McGardy, Hendron… They will not get the seat back. Hard to see what candidate would want to go to Europe. If they did have a strong candidate to take on Martina Anderson they could perhaps win something…. but hard to say at this stage if they can do anything,
If I recall correctly Alban wasnt selected untill late in the day either and only because they party were out of options.
I guess you haven’t been following the SDLP for too long or you would know that this type of selection convention is the norm and the publicity that has gone with it is no different to any other selection convention, perhaps heightened by the media given who it was replacing. I don’t really care much for either SDLP or SF, but it’s clear that many of our MLAs have yet to win an election to get their seat, and I suspect there will be a lot of uneasy people going to the polls in places like Newry/Armagh, here in Fermanagh/South Tyrone when being asked to vote for some “MLAs” but I think McKinney will win them over.
Are you actually complaining that a party was able to get 200+ members out on a Thursday night to vote in an internal election? I’d say most in SB could have walked to the welly park last night, I don’t think they are like SF in that regard having to bus members in for “selection conventions”, parades and commemorations etc.
Again assuming the membership list is a secret? I’m sure Claire Hanna is quite capable of getting a list of her local members the same as everyone else, and I’m pretty sure she has/would have done the same to get votes if she had the time. This election from what people have been saying was based around McDonnell stepping down, not McDevitt. Again you seem to be condemning McKinney for doing something that quite frankly sounds like common sense in an election.
Hanna seems like a very able performer, someone who has worked hard in the constituency and by the sounds of things will be in line to take over from McDonnell if he steps down for double jobbing. Surely it would make sense then to have McKinney build on his profile as a new MLA to secure his seat while having Hanna continue as a Cllr building up her profile to secure the 2nd?
I haven’t seen much of the SDLP around my area, though I can see they have been putting in place a new team for the super-councils from the activity in the local press. They got a bigger vote in the locals than they did in the Stormont election here last time out, enough to get them that MLA seat back, depending on candidate and its quite clear McDonnell knows what type of candidate wins votes.
You seem to be suggesting that to elect McKinney would be a backward step for the SDLP? or that he is only there because he is close to McDonnell?
Iv seen him a few times, epseically around Dungannon during his bid for MP in the area and the people took to him quite well, if under differenent circumstances he would have been a great MLA, had Gallagher stuck to his word of co-opting.
I dont know Hanna very well except from what I hear on the radio and she seems capable, person just a like for like swap with McDevitt, but I think in these 2 the SDLP have two very good candidates.
I cant understand why this news hasnt made it big in the North or why its been left to FF to put pressure on SF. Surely the SDLP or even the Unionist parties would have been running with this story. It hasnt even got a mention on Nolan!