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After the election… The UKIP…

UKIP

For all its detractors (and I don’t count myself as the greatest fan of its ‘Brixit’ policy) UKIP does something most mainstream parties in Britain are struggling with. They connect with the ordinary man (and I suspect it is mostly men, to be honest) in the street, and they speak in a language they understand. more…

After the election… Fianna Fail…

Fianna Fail

After Sinn Fein, Fianna Fail is the longest continuously operating party in the Republic. Their long ongoing argument with big rival Fine Gael is often characterised as a continuation of civil war politics. Yet such reasoning is largely academic. These historic if unresolved issues have barely featured in southern political life in thirty years. Class more…

After the election… Fine Gael…

Fine Gael logo

So, Fine Gael. Not a great election. Probably slightly less damaging for them since the poor old Labour Party mudguard is catching most of the attention of the press in the immediate aftermath. But they know better from their own sweeping of FF council trenches in 2009 that a lot of the damage they shipped more…

Despite the UK results more populism may not be the best answer to populism.

Briefly (since the long post I just spent a couple of hours writing just went phut), Britain… – Big win for UKIP (is this sounding familiar?), the “let’s have a beer and a laugh” party… Big everywhere (even in Scotland where the SNP’s sustained attack only seems to have increased their populist appeal). Two notable exceptions were more…

“populists are converging on Brussels – drunk on local hooch and chanting nationalist slogans”

And Boris Johnson, himself a decent performer in the old populist stakes is well worth quoting… There is a kind of peasants’ revolt going on, a jacquerie. From Dublin to Lublin, from Portugal to Pomerania, the pitchfork-wielding populists are converging on the Breydel building in Brussels – drunk on local hooch and chanting nationalist slogans more…

#NI21: Was John McCallister pushed before he jumped?

So, a short addendum to my rhetorical question from this morning. On Talkback Martina Purdy has added a little more to the explanation of what’s been going. She suggests that the decision to undesignate (if it gets returned to the next Assembly) is a response to the new people it has drawn in from a more…

NI21 falling apart just as it approaches its first hurdle?

Sam McBride reports John McCallister’s comments in The Newsletter… “The way in which the [NI21] executive was handled points to a lot of the dysfunctionality in the party. There was no agenda sent out. This was organised this afternoon; I was literally told to come down from my constituency to Belfast to do it, with more…

How did you score the candidates on last night’s #EP14 debate…

So, the UTV debate last night. If you haven’t watch it, do. It’s not pleasant, but it’s very instructive on the shockingly poor quality of the main party candidates (see Ronan Mullen from the RTE PrimeTime debate, h/t Suzanne, for comparison). The format is not kind to any one wanting to push out anything more more…

Where are the #LE14 hotspot boxes going to be on Thursday?

So below is a list of the new councils for the Local Elections in Northern Ireland, along with suggested hashtags. These are all pretty obvious, and I’ve not tested any of them, so if you find major clashes with others let us know? Belfast City Council (#BCC) North Down and Ards District Council (#NDA) Antrim and Newtownabbey more…

#EP14: FG to prosper from government term, Labour to take a kicking…

There’s been lots of polling figures out over the last 24 hours for the southern European elections. I’ll sow them in later since I’m on the hoof in favour of highlighting the Irish Times Inside Politics podcast analysis of their latest polling (albeit on a 4.5% margin of error). I’d quickly highlight the following: – more…

#EP14 and the current state of play with the southern game…

The Phoenix on LE14

So, the southern elections. What’s to say with less than a week to go? Well probably not much more than last week’s issue of The Phoenix: Mid term, there’s probably little in it for Labour. – Fianna Fail should pick up a seat in each of the four seater constituencies, but will struggle to get more…

#EP14 campaign squeezing the Labour vote in Britain?

Mike Smithson at PoliticalBetting…  My reading is that EdM and his team are paying the price for not having a clear message for the Euro elections. Their campaign has almost totally avoided any mention of the EU unlike the other three parties competing for votes which each have specific and relevant positions.

If there’s any drama in the #EP14 election it’s going to be the battle for the last seat…

So, courtesy of Alex Kane, here’s the latest poll survey for the #EP14… From today’s @BelTel. Very similar to polling stuff I tweeted on Saturday morning. Could be an interesting battle. pic.twitter.com/VgH11RY4rm — Alex.Kane (@AlexKane221b) April 30, 2014 Adds: This was a survey of an expert panel of 220, not as I wrongly suggested a more…

Trouble at NI21 mill…

Having a good idea (NI21) is not the same as putting it into action… Trouble in Holywood and Clandeboye… Gerry Leddy, who had been involved with the party since its inception almost a year ago, said that he could not tell people to vote for its European candidate, Tina McKenzie, as he had “no confidence” more…