Low key campaign, low turn out

Mark Durkan says that the DUP and Sinn Fein have deliberately run low key campaigns to try and keep turn out low. That’s probably true. Indeed, the lack of urgency in some of the UUP’s liberal heartland is staggering at times.One Holywood resident told Slugger that although he’d been an Alliance voter for over twenty years, he thought that this time he should vote Sylvia Hermon “to keep the DUP out The trouble is, can I be even bothered to go out and vote?” When I told another elderly and diligent voter about John Coulter’s wipeout scenario from yesterday, the answer “Shit! Well, I’m going to vote in this one, but if all we are left with is a choice between Sinn Fein and the DUP, I won’t be voting again”.

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