The SDLP launched their manifesto today. Mark Durkan’s performance on the party’s soft focus PEB was well produced, and well written. But he may have lost political focus by cramming too many of key messages into one performance. Given the tight scrap he’s facing in Derry, he might have been better advised to amplify and extend his own opening gambit: “…you shouldn’t leave people to live in fear, afraid to look up, afraid to look sideways at the hard men in their own community”. And, interestingly stealing Sinn Fein’s clothes momentarily: “I cherish a true republicanism, one that cherishes all the children of the nation”.
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