Brian Feeney argues that the need to have accurate representation in an Assembly, outweighs concerns over the future of a ‘liberal’ Unionist agenda:
“Who comes out on top in each community is an understandable anxiety in the main parties, but there are other reasons for holding elections here. Elections are snapshots. They show the state of play at a precise moment in political history. A family photo of the current assembly members, if you could get them all together for one, would be a record of the state of politics five years ago, not today. If elections are not held, assembly members will quickly cease to represent their voters.”
However he goes on to argue that knowing one way or the other can only help individual parties clarify their own attitudes towards current negotiations.