Let’s get these parties started

Geraldine Dougan has confirmed concerns over policing. John Kelly and Brendan Hughes are claiming intimidation of republicans who wish to attend policing debates and that SF fear an electoral challenge. A Sinn Fein spokesperson uncategorically rejected the claims:

“This is total nonsense. It has no basis in fact or reality.”

Interesting coincidence, so far SF have lost or cut a fifth of its existing MLAs. This corresponds with the level of outright opposition among SF voters (pdf file) in the Hearts and Minds poll. Meanwhile, 4 DUP councillors (3 Ballymena, 1 Limavady) attended an anti-St Andrews meeting and posed for a photograph with Bob McCartney.