Durkan on Hearts and Minds…

Mark Durkan was the last of all the party leaders interviewed on Hearts and Minds last night. Is it just me, or has he lost weight recently? That may have something to do with the amount shoe leather he’s worn out on doorsteps around Northern Ireland. The strongest line was clearly aimed at the apathetic: “all that happens when you vote Sinn Fein is that you get more arrogance from Sinn Fein and more complacency from the IRA”. He’s more concise than normal. Adds: Mark Devenport on the Republican Debating Society.

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