McGimpsey to mine pro-Agreement unionist vote

Interesting analysis of South Belfast from Noel MacAdam, which identifies about 1,700 votes which could move to Michael McGimpsey at the expense of the only previous pro-Agreement candidate, Alisdair McDonnell.

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7 thoughts on “McGimpsey to mine pro-Agreement unionist vote”

  1. Stalford,

    “Is there a pro-Agreement Unionist vote left to mine from?”

    Yes, you’re pro-agreement, the DUP is pro-agreement.

    But don’t worry – I won’t tell anyone. 🙂

  2. Unionists in SB voted Smyth, because he was Smyth and respected him.

    Unionists across the board, after 1998 voted for him, not on the singal issue of the agreement, but because of his legacy. Being ‘anti-agreement’ means nothing today.

    Smyth rose up in the rememberance of Robert Bradford after his murder in 1981, this is one reason why he was so popular.

  3. Stalford

    Yes, but by that logic, EVERY party is ‘anti-Belfast Agreement’.

    Since it was a ‘best fit’ compromise, of course every party was going to have problems if it had to give up something. The deal could have been made more permanent had the DUP been in there fighting their corner, and we wouldn’t just have waited X years treading political water waiting for certain parties to take their risk for peace.

    The DUP was quite prepared to accept the political components of last year’s non-deal. That makes them no more anti-Agreement that the other parties that were involved in the review, since each accepted there were going to be changes. The DUP operated within the same negotiating framework as every other party did, from the UUP to Sinn Fein – within the broad principles of the Agreement.

    We could be in for another year full of ‘historic’ *yawn* moments after the election. However high symbolism may work for the international stage, at home, the masters of spin and presentation are not Blair, but the DUP and SF.

    So who will be convinced by who, how, and when? When will the DUP and SF start to get down to brass tacks? How many years can we bluff this out for?

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