Sinn Fein don’t play softball in elections. One SDLP campaigner in West Belfast told Slugger this afternoon that when they were canvassing in Beechmount on the Falls the other day, they sent a van round to blare out Sinn Fein election messages. The convention with other parties, she told Slugger is that the first team in an area stays and the other leaves, “there’s nothing worse than calling at house that’s just been called at.” And when it comes to South Belfast Sinn Fein is confident of holding on to between 4-5,000 votes – who they have told not to transfer over to the nationalist challenge. All of which leaves the SDLP well short of the ‘perfect storm’.
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