Still two weeks to go before polling and some are already ruminating over the likely result. Not least of these is Tom McGurk who argues that whatever the outcome of the election turns out to be, it’s about time that the two ‘centre ground’ parties started talking:
…the time has come for at least the two parties to open a conversation with each other. All of this of course opens up unimaginable new political ground given the North’s political history but what cannot be denied now is that they have a mutual need for survival and a mutual interest in maintaining a political middle ground. Certainly what they cannot do is to continue to stare into the headlights and somehow think that the political haemorrhage they are currently suffering from is not going to continue. Not for the first time has a political crisis thrown up the reality that the time has come to either radically change or slowly disappear.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty