Topic Archives: Politics

Any SDLP revival must be true to its origins as ‘a broad church’…?

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Very useful overview of where the SDLP finds itself just now from Suzanne Breen. I’d quibble over the list of places where the SDLP might be endangered, but I think she’s nailed something important here: Those critics who accuse the SDLP of betraying its traditional roots are wrong, because, from the very beginning, the party more…

Soapbox: Crowdsourcing the #ae16 elections … can you help ElectionsNI

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We think it’s important for democracy that everyone is able to find accessible information and data on their elections. What’s more, we think they should have this as soon as possible, so they can follow the results as they happen. Elections NI is a collaborative project led by ODI Belfast at NICVA and the Open more…

The Remain camp needs some new faces, and quickly

Is the EU a liability on the ballot papaer?

Craig Harrison writes for us about the upcoming EU referendum on 23rd June If the latest polls on the EU referendum are anything to go by, then what seemed like a sure thing just a few months ago is now much less certain. Figures from an online survey by Opinium, published by The Guardian at more…

Getting close to time for the Independents to either fish or cut bait

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Great take on the continuing deadlock in the Republic from Harry Magee in the Irish Times Inside Politics newsletter (sign up here)… As we report this morning, Burton is now striking a more realistic (and fatalistic) tone, telling her party’s supporters to prepare for another election. She is probably not far off the mark. The more…

North Down and Ards Cllr Danny Allen leaves the UUP

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No reasons cited, but it is thought that he was close to former North Down Mayor and MLA for the UUP Leslie Cree. It may be related in some way to selection issues in the run up to this election. It’s thought by some that he was originally offered the sweeper role on the UUP more…

#AE16 #SluggerReport: Whose election bubble is it anyway?

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Here’s this morning’s first edition of a revived SluggerReport broadcast live on the Slugger Facebook page (so please do give it a “Like” if you want to keep up with them). Three questions: – Who is responsible for what must count as a third boring Assembly election in row? The parties (and if so, in more…

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

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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 more…

#AE16 East Belfast: DUP to come home with three courtesy of a splitting PUP base…

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Candidates: [DUP] Joanne Bunting, Sammy Douglas, Robin Newton; [Alliance] Naomi Long, Chris Lyttle, Tim Morrow; [UUP] Andy Allen, Chris McGimpsey; [PUP] John Kyle; [TUV] Andrew Girvin; [UKIP] Jonny Lavery; [Greens] Ross Brown; [Sinn Fein] Niall Ó Donnghaile; [SDLP] Amy Doherty; [NI Conservatives] Neil Wilson; [Cross-Community Labour Alternative] Courtney Robinson; [NILRC] Erskine Holmes; [Independent] Maggie Hutton. more…

On The Doors: UUP & SDLP Manifestos plus the UTV Debate

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Week Two of the On The Doors podcast with Irish News political correspondent, John Manley and former NUS-USI President, Adrianne Peltz. This week we discussed the launch of the UUP and SDLP manifestos as well as, the impact of the UTV debate.

Is Education the Number One Priority for Unionism this Election?

Education, Education, Education. There have been 3 Assembly Executives elected since 1998. At each juncture, a unionist First Minister was elected and subsequently under d’Hondt a unionist was given first choice of available ministries. Each time control of the Education ministry fell to a Sinn Fein MLA – whether they were the 4th, or the more…

New Dail will be all about who can tag whom with legislative responsibility…

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Brilliant from Jason O’Mahony, on the awkward situation Fine Gael now find themselves in. If you still struggle with understanding the difference between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail (and despite all guff being written recently there definitely is one: it’s just not ideological), read this: Someone once said to me that the problem with Fine Gael more…

Can a Unionist win in West Belfast?

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When we think about West Belfast in this election, the focus generally goes to Gerry Carroll, Sinn Fein and the SDLP. But there is another contender for one of the final seats and that is the DUP’s Frank McCoubrey. Tonight I was invited out on the canvass with the candidate and the party’s deputy leader, more…