Topic Archives: Politics

How solid is the SNP polling rise and [what] does it mean for a future minority Labour government?

General Election 2015 campaign - April 8th

Polls are polls, ie just snapshots in time. If they indicate anything reliable it’s in the trends they show over time. So over time Ashcroft’s latest marginal in Jim Murphy’s East Renfrewshire indicates the Scottish Labour leader may be inching towards political destruction: Jim Murphy in trouble according to the latest Ashcroft poll. pic.twitter.com/Z0QxeNMME6 — more…

“Today, I hold fast to all tenets of mistrust…”

The novelist Howard Jacobson on the virtues of art and literature over politics and politicians… It doesn’t follow from what I say that we should hand over the reins of political power to artists. They wouldn’t make a better job of it. But we would all make a better job of thinking about politics – more…

Election 2015 – The LONG Shots…

(a slightly tongue in cheek and completely biased analysis of the “other” constituencies, candidates other than those mentioned are listed in the EONI & BBC websites! ) Common wisdom says a candidate on 52% share of the vote is unlikely ever to be beaten by an opponent on merely 11%, certainly not in one election cycle, until the 2010 East Belfast more…

That Newsnight debate: How was it for you?

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I think the NI parties probably did best out of getting their own debate on network BBC last night. The contrast with the oddly lopsided UK wider debate was noticeable. That’s probably something to do with the coherent framing of the debate amongst known quantities and viewing them in the same frame the voters will more…

Ag canadh le taibhsí na staire sa GPO i mBaile Átha Cliath…

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Note A shorter version of this piece in English is available at http://goo.gl/Fay35A via the Belfast Telegraph San amhrán chlúiteach Oráisteach Lurgan Town tá líne faoi leith i dtreo an deiridh: ‘D’iompaigh muid thart, chroith muid lámha, an méid is féidir a dhéanamh…’ Agus mé á chanadh in Ard Oifig an Phoist i mBaile Átha more…

Electoral Office rejects Commission’s direction against moving Moygashel voters 5 miles

So what’s the crack with the election in Northern Ireland? Well, as I mentioned in our first Slugger Daily Report on Periscope the real action is the ground war. With few seats expected to change hands every advantage is fiercely fought over. In what may turn out to be the only seriously competitive seat of the election in Fermanagh and South more…

NI Conservatives – (not)Sponsored by FlyBe

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In the 2010 General Election the Conservatives in NI party allied with the UUP and ran under the “Ulster Conservatives & Unionists – New Force” banner. It wasn’t successful, UUP lost their only sitting MP, no candidates were elected, and despite a couple of candidates coming a respectable second, such as Reg Empey losing by more…

#EBDebate: The Robinson/Long debate (updated with video)

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Slugger O’Toole (in partnership with Chambré Public Affairs and LucidTalk) hosted our first ever election debate at the Strand Art Centre last night between Gavin Robinson and Naomi Long. For some this debate was controversial as it was a head to head between the two main contenders. [Ed – though they are the only candidates more…

NI Tourism Minister: “I recently had discussions with the chief executive of Tourism Ireland and expressed my disappointment about how the promotion of the Wild Atlantic Way stops at the border.”

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Without wishing to undermine historian Hiram Morgan’s call for Irish Government action to preserve the cultural heritage in the seas off the Wild Atlantic Way, it’s worth noting the stated objective of that tourism initiative… The overall aim of the project is to develop a route that will achieve greater visibility for the west coast of more…

Football Eligibility: An Issue for the Misinformed and Those Seeking to Deny National Rights?

The matter of the eligibility of northern-born Irish nationals to play for the Football Association of Ireland was raised again recently at a panel discussion on sport and reconciliation during the 50th plenary session of the British Irish Parliamentary Assembly (BIPA). It was co-chaired by Frank Feighan of Fine Gael, who told us that the “trend… more…

Will Hillary Clinton be the first female US President?

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After years of teasing and speculation, Hillary Clinton yesterday announced her bid for the White House. Barack Obama was the first black president, will Hillary be the first female? On the face of it the omens look good. Demographic changes of an increasing Hispanic vote mean many Republicans fear they may never reclaim the White more…

The Religious Case for Marriage Equality: Conference at TCD

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Yesterday the group ‘Faith in Marriage Equality’ and the Irish School of Ecumenics hosted a conference on ‘The Religious Case for Marriage Equality’ at Trinity College Dublin. Colin Gleeson’s Irish Times report on the event leads with the headline: “Catholic Church ‘will pay price’ for stance on gay marriage,” attributed to sociologist Richard O’Leary. He more…

Women of Northern Ireland- we need our own political party

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The so called ‘trickle down’ effect is one of the most hallowed ideas projected onto social justice issues. But it’s also one of the most flawed.    Women in Northern Ireland have been told for years to bide our time and wait for gender equality to trickle down. Female representation at Stormont and Westminster has been more…

NI Conservatives Try Viral

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The local version of the Conservative Party, the NI Conservatives (formerly the Conservatives in NI), have come up with an “infographic” that presents Martin and Peter as Laurel and Hardy. The two hapless leaders, the image suggests, have caused the population of Northern Ireland to be £864 per head worse off than people in the rest more…

One all male constituency; 24.6% candidates are female; 2 unionist parties running all male candidates #GE2015 (updated)

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Following on from Belfast Barman’s earlier post, some statistics about the 138 candidates nominated for Northern Ireland’s 18 Westminster constituencies. One constituency has all male candidates: Belfast West. Only one constituency has more women than men standing: Fermanagh and South Tyrone. No party has more than 40% female candidates. Overall 24.6% of candidates are female; more…

#GE2015 Complete NI Candidate List

A collated list for easy viewing and contacting.   I have linked the candidates twitter accounts where I was able to find them. If a link is incorrect or broken, let me know. Also, if you know the twitter account of a candidate that I didn’t link to, apologies, it wasn’t easily found…get in touch more…