Nationalist rows over backing and money

Paul Colgan looks at some of the ups and downs since the last elections. Backing from the southern parties is not new, but this time out the SDLP is content to go for external endorsement, rather than hands on help. And despite cuts in Sinn Fein’s income, how much does the party really spend on its election campaign, and will the cuts make any practical difference?

  • Brian

    It is delightful to see the Uncle Toms party bring arch revisionist and neo-fascist McDowell to South Belfast. McDowell is a hated figure amongst Irish nationalists and republicnas throughout Ireland. One can only asssume that he was in South Belfast to help McDonnell appeal to Unionist voters, cuz he certainly will make no positive impact on Irish voters. Incidentally, please bear in mind that McDowell’s party score and average of 3% in southern elections. He is the worst Minister for Justice the South has had since partition and it is not unreasonable to assume that his parliamentary seat in Dublin SE will be taken by Sinn Féin’s Dathai Doolan next time out. Man, the very thought makes me want to jump with joy. But wait and see, it is a distinct probabality.

  • Keith M

    Mick, where is the “man not ball” rule come into play on Brian’s post> Surely it doesn’t only apply to Northern politicians?

  • jim

    The SDLP may be using Irish government ministers to endorse their policies this time round, but unless the electorate agree, what’s the point.

    I fear it will be as pointless as the last ‘stop the dup’ disaster.

  • PatMcLarnon

    Let’s make one thing clear, SF don’t give a toss about Mc Dowell coming to back anyone. It is simply an opportunity to get a press release out and generate publicity for SF.

    As Adams states where was Mc Dowell et al during the sectarian attacks on the Short Strand etc etc. It is that simple observation that negates any positive spin for the SDLP and resonates very well within the nationalist community.

    As pointed out in the article once the Staters weigh in behind the SDLP the outcome is a nose dive. They were all over the place in Stalingrad during the last Westminster election and look what happened there. They increased their presence at the Assembly elections in 2003 and it went from bad to worse.

    Invite the whole cabinet up and empty the Dail bar if they like, the SDLP have the smell of clay on them.

  • Comrade Stalin

    “As Adams states where was Mc Dowell et al during the sectarian attacks on the Short Strand etc etc. It is that simple observation that negates any positive spin for the SDLP and resonates very well within the nationalist community.”

    Of course it does Pat. Adams does the old whataboutery just as well as anyone else.