Fascinating analysis of Sinn Fein’s capacity to transform its election prospects in the Republic from Where’s me country?
It all depends on how successful the party’s move to the center ground is and how much they are able to move their appeal across classes and interests. Remaining on the fringes, in terms of policy, was never going to win votes, however it is until such time as they commit to policing up north, and moderate some of their other policies that the change will really begin to kick in. Right now that seems unlikely but a year is a long time without an army.
That last [emphasis added] is a candidate for sound bite of the year!
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