Nominations closed

Apparently there are over 250 candidates, the names of whom will be published here.

  • Dougal

    I noted that the BBC were taking head and shoulder pictures of all the candidates… Some people weren’t expecting this (as the pictures will tell) but are they still nearly all male middle-class candidates?

    It will be interesting to see which party has the best gender balance? Which parties have a good representation of people with a disablity? Which party has a balance of age? Or does the male middle-class voter not really give a damm about such things?

  • Aaron McDaid

    Dougal: “Or does the male middle-class voter not really give a damm about such things?”

    Dougal,
    Thankfully the average male middle-class voter isn’t sexist or ageist or racist and therefore will not give a damn about these things. What we need is to make sure that every voter ignores gender and age and so on and simply votes for the best candidate.

    What was your point? Are you talking about how parties choose candidates and what type of people put themselves forward for nomination, or are you talking about how the people vote?

  • The Devil

    Shit!!!! devil damn it,

    I wanted to stand but I couldn’t get my full birth certificate for proof of identification.

    The questions I could answer were

    Name – The Devil
    Occupation – Professional Devil
    Sex – Yes please
    Location – Anywhere, but a bed is best

    But then I was asked questions I couldn’t answer

    Fathers name – ??? I don’t know
    Mothers maiden name – ??? Maiden name! I don’t even know her first name.
    Place of birth – ??? somewhere very hot I would imagine
    Age – ??? I don’t know, what do you think yourself
    Religion – ??? Your taking the piss aren’t you.
    Nationality – ??? I don’t know Hellian maybe?

  • harpo

    ‘Or does the male middle-class voter not really give a damm about such things?’

    Dougal:

    Why blame them?

    Isn’t it everyone else that is to blame if they continue to vote for these male middle-class people? I take it you assume that male middle-class already vote for their own kind.

    Women make up over half of the population. Why do you think they continue to elect these male middle-class people?

    Are they stupid? Or disinterested?

    Do you think that the ‘male middle-class’ makes up 80% of the population? And that this demographic conspires to kep women and the disabled out?

    Wise up.

    Politics is about getting involved. If it’s mainly the male middle-class who do so, who do you think is going to be elected?

  • harpo

    250+ candidates, 108 seats.

    Not bad odds.

    Better than the odds in a first past the post system election.

    It won’t help Mitchel McLaughlin though.

    I say up the anti-Provo republican candidates. Split that vote!

  • greenflag

    ‘Your taking the piss aren’t you. ‘

    The UKUP certainly is .Standing in six separate constituencies is party leader Bob McCartney. Now just for ‘devilment’ supposing he was elected in each of the constituencies in which he is standing would he can only get paid the one salary (I should hope). Those in NI who are seriously concerned about saving taxpayers money while sending a strong ‘message ‘ to the rest of the gobshites can do so by electing McCartney in each of these 6 constituencies .

    I hear he can also walk across water which is another good reason to elect him 🙂 I read the North Channel has not yet been crossed by foot so this could be Bob’s time to make a big splash ?

  • Aaron McDaid

    greenflag,
    If Bob McCartney gets elected to more than one seat, he can nominate people to take those others seats for him (just like leaders can, and have, used votes of dead MLAs).

  • robo

    What about a thread on party political broadcasts? They are making very amusing viewing so far.

    Breastbeating from Paisley and lots of Irish and diddly dee music from Adams!!

  • Aaron McDaid

    Good point robo,
    Also, the party political broadcasts should all be available online in my opinion – I don’t suppose the BBC or somebody do it already?

  • gerry

    Q) For the devil candidate. Why do you have a hole in the end of your penis?

    A) So that the people can see you are open minded.

  • gerry & the peacemakers

    Not that intelligent Bob will win more than one seat. I understand if he did it would cause a bit of trouble as on one thought of this. He couldnt automatically pick someone else. It would be funny to see what would happen.

    According to ken reid Bob is standing in 6, yes 6, constituencies – what a plonker!

  • Queens Unionist

    Bob McCartney i dont think has much chance of being elected even though i quite like the man aside his arrogance.

    I hope the Republican candidates take votes off teh SF candidates, but please not elected. SF are bad enough as a memorial to their bloody terrorist campaign in Ulster but with real nutters in the assembly it would be a case of salt in the wounds.

    As yet I havent seen any political broadcasts, I do hope they are available online or at least in some unoffical capacity ie Youtube or the like.

  • Inspector Clouseau

    Bob is joined on the UKUP ticket by a former DUP MLA who went before his constituency association for re-selection and was de-selected not over his opposition to party policy but because he was a duff MLA.

  • Queens Unionist

    Who was that now and which ballot paper is this!!which one of the 6 that Bob’s on.

  • gerry & the peacemakers

    Queens unionist – do you support sharing power with SF?

  • PPB
  • Queens Unionist

    I support power sharing with all truly democratic people,
    altough in theory I do not support democracy.
    In my Ideal Northern Ireland we would be headed and ruled by a benevolent dictatorship.

  • cynical

    “Bob is joined on the UKUP ticket by a former DUP MLA who went before his constituency association for re-selection and was de-selected not over his opposition to party policy but because he was a duff MLA”

    Oh come on, spare us the bull turd, Iris took a pick against Ennis and had him dumped.

    btw, if he was so happy with DUP policy, then why did he go to McCartney? Give it up Simon

  • gerry & the peacemakers

    “I support power sharing with all truly democratic people,
    altough in theory I do not support democracy.
    In my Ideal Northern Ireland we would be headed and ruled by a benevolent dictatorship.”

    Posted by Queens unionist.

    OK – a few contradictions aside, what the hell are you going on about?

    If SF are the 2nd largest party after this election due to the amount of votes they get in a democratic election – will you support going into Govt with them? No spin please, a yes or no answer will suffice.

  • Inspector Clouseau

    I’m afraid it appears that George has took the hump with his former party and wants his revenge, he might cause them to miss on an extra seat in Strangford, but he’s unlikely to be back on his Stormont salary.

    For weeks now all DUP MLA’s have knew the genearl direction that the party is headed. How can Ennis suddenly convert to McCartney who is hardly a committed devolutionist?

    (Cynical, do you think I’m Simon Hamilton?)

  • If Bob McCartney gets elected to more than one seat, he can nominate people to take those others seats for him (just like leaders can, and have, used votes of dead MLAs).

    Only if they’re on his list of nominated replacements; otherwise there’s a by-election.

    I’d really, really, really appreciate it if one of our many happy readers put the Party Election Broadcasts on Youtube with a common tag like “NI 2007 Election Broadcasts”.

  • SuperSoupy

    Seems the BBC have the list before the EONI

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/6359215.stm

    Given the speed of their counts why did I expect the website to be any different?

  • Comrade Stalin

    I support power sharing with all truly democratic people,
    altough in theory I do not support democracy.

    So you wouldn’t share power with yourself then ?

    Are you an example of the calibre of people going to QUB these days ? If so the place really has gone downhill. How the hell did you get in ?

    In my Ideal Northern Ireland we would be headed and ruled by a benevolent dictatorship.

    Dictatorships can’t be benevolent. I should know.

  • Seems the BBC have the list before the EONI

    It says “This list for the 18 constituencies is not yet complete.” So not the final word.

    One thing that may delay the Electoral Office is if there are objections or irregularities with papers. Also, when I rang them today they said 8-9 this evening so it’s not too late yet.

  • SuperSoupy

    Willie Frazer is standing in Foyle and Newry?

  • Queens Unionist

    Well Considering I am not in a position to be sharing power, ie in a govt then the question itself is pointless but, being content to overlook that complete irrelevancy I adopted the question and answered wrt to current the situation in this province.
    But if i had my choice ideally I would be in favour of a benevolent dictatorship.
    In my opinion this would be the Biblical method of government.
    But since I am in no position to change the ruling structures of this province, I will work within the democratic structures and support all people who will also do this 100%

  • SuperSoupy

    No sign of McGlinchey in SA as mentioned previously.

  • gerry & the peacemakers

    I think McGlinchey was going to stand in North Antrim. According to the sunday life piece anyway.

  • gerry & the peacemakers

    Queens Unionist – you’re boring me now. My question was irrelevant but the biblical benevolent dictatorship is open for discussion?

    The future of unionism is in a sorry state if you are anything to go by. Im really beginning to believe Gerry Adams’ claim that his strategy is bringing a united Ireland closer if you are the future of the opposition to republicanism.

  • SuperSoupy

    G&P,

    You’re right. I never clicked the link added to Slugger’s which menioned SA. Not really into the ‘Mad Dog on Sunday’.

  • Dougal

    Aaron

    ”…the average male middle-class voter isn’t sexist or ageist or racist…”

    Dream on! “The average male middle-class voter” is a euphemism for the general voting public. Of course, no one admits to being sexist, racist, ageist or any other socially unacceptable adjective you care to mention but that doesn’t mean such people don’t exist. Is Big Brother’s Jade a racist? Does she see herself as a racist?

    The parties are putting forward candidates to represent you and me and the rest of the voting public. Apart from the mandatory constitutional party political issue has been considered and we’ve made sure that “them ‘uns” don’t get in; surely it is important to considered questions like WHO is putting themselves forward and WHY they are putting themselves forward? When a party endorses a person as a candidate, it says a lot about the type of party they are.

    Harpo,

    “Politics is about getting involved. If it’s mainly the male middle-class who do so, who do you think is going to be elected? “

    For the same reasons I point out to Aaron above, I think it is you who needs to “Wise up.” Women (like men) can only vote for the names on the ticket; that is why the party selection convention is important. If there are only monkeys on the ticket, you are going to end up with nuts whoever you vote for!

    I for one believe that, for example, there are greater numbers of women, greater numbers of people with disabilities who are willing and able to take a greater part in politics. But hey, I forgot… This is Norn Iron. Here we’re only really concerned with keeping “them ‘uns” out aren’t we?

  • Nevin

    It’s more exciting down South:

    Pell-mell in Clonmel

    Could it happen here?

  • Slartibuckfast

    Greenflag,

    I’ve got the latest news on Bob McCartney’s election bid here:

    [url]http://www.5wwwww5.com/theshankillmoan/viewtopic.php?t=74&mforum=theshankillmoan[/url]

  • SuperSoupy

    Sammy,

    The have missed the deadline (again), will they all go home for some sleep and start updating the website again tomorrow morning?

  • PaddyReilly

    250 candidates, 108 vacancies. No qualifications or experience required. Dear God I should have been a politician. It isn’t this easy in the real world. Lighting Engineer: 1 vacancy, 275 applicants. Dishwasher: 1 vacancy, 669 applicants. Expect to be well lit and eat off clean plates, but don’t think you’re going to be well governed.

  • All up on the official site except for N&W Belfast, North Antrim and Mid Ulster.

  • No Name Norman

    Procapitalism candidate in Belfast South???

    Feckin students…

  • No name norman

    Did a well known northern ireland chef nominate Jeffrey Donaldson?

    And does William Clarke in south down not know the title of his party he is running for? Major freudian slip there mate.

  • The Shinners are only running three in Mid Ulster – they’re obviously taking nothing for granted with the dissidents.

  • Er, where is this list? The EONI site still doesn’t appear to have the candidates’ names

  • Greenflag

    Aaron,

    ‘If Bob McCartney gets elected to more than one seat, he can nominate people to take those others seats for him (just like leaders can, and have, used votes of dead MLAs). ‘

    So it’s even worse than I thought 🙁 Egomaniacs and spoilers get to replicate themselves on the public payroll without having to wait around for the clones to become adults 🙁 This latest news of Assemblaic insanity has rendered me speechless and mindboggled . And people voted for this ???
    Somewhere out there in electoral design land an idiot is gloating on the naivety of a lot of voters in a remote corner of a former empire 🙁

  • gerry & the peacemakers

    I love that Bob McCartneys middle name is Law. You just couldnt make it up.

  • observer

    Bob is playing games and good luck to him. As an interested member of the electorate in North Down, where Bob should get re-elected, I think that I am entitled to know who he has nominated as his replacement if he decided to take a seat elsewhere. The reality is that a vote for Bob could turn out to have been a vote for some plonker who just happens to be on his substitute list. Even a football team has to publish the names of the subs on the bench. If I vote for Bob will I get Bob as my representative in Stormont?

  • El Mat,

    all except N&W Belfast at
    http://www.eoni.org.uk/index/elections/assembly-election-2007/ni-assembly-election-candidates-nominated.htm

    observer

    Even a football team has to publish the names of the subs on the bench.

    These have to be published as well.

  • All up now.

  • Meh

    Does the ARK election site work for anyone else?

  • SuperSoupy

    The IRPs or dissidents couldn’t find a candidate for North Belfast?

  • The IRPs or dissidents couldn’t find a candidate for North Belfast?

    I know. Incredible. Maybe they remember Dolores Quinn’s 50 votes in 1998?

  • SuperSoupy

    Dolores did work out of Costello House so her 50 votes would give an indication of IRSP strength in North Belfast.

  • Greenflag

    Thanks Slarti 🙂

    McCartney of North Down notorious
    Canvassed hard to be MLA glorious
    Not just for one seat
    But for six -what conceit
    If his electoral bid proves victorious .

    For this electoral Olympiad
    McCartney has now gone quite mad
    Not once nor twice
    But now two times thrice
    Next time could he please try Baghdad ?

  • slug

    Quite surprised at the number of Green Party candidates standing.

    Also quite a lot of Conservatives.

  • 256 candidates standing.

    By party:

    DUP 46 in all constituencies.
    UUP 38 in all constituencies.
    SF 37 in all constituencies.
    SDLP 35 in all constituencies.
    Alliance 18 in 17 constituencies (giving Deeny a free run in West Tyrone).
    UKUP 13 in 13 constituencies (all bar East Belfast, West Belfast, Foyle, Newry & Armagh, Upper Bann).
    Green 13 in 13 constituencies (all bar West Belfast, FST, North Antrim, Mid Ulster, West Tyrone).
    Tories 9 in 9 constituencies (East Belfast, South Belfast, East Antrim, Lagan Valley, North Down, South Antrim, South Down, Strangford, Upper Bann).
    Stickies 6 in 6 constituencies (four Belfasts, Lagan Valley, South Antrim).
    RSF 6 in 6 constituencies (on ballot as Indies in West Belfast, East Derry, FST, Mid Ulster, Upper Bann, West Tyrone).
    Rainbow George Weiss in 4 Belfast seats.
    PUP in 3 (East Belfast, South Belfast, North Down).
    Socialists in 2 (East and South Belfast).
    Labour in South Down.
    Socialist Environmental Alliance in Foyle.
    UKIP in South Down.
    ProCapitalism in South Belfast.
    People Before Profit in West Belfast.
    Definite anti-policing republicans indies in 4 constituencies (FST, Foyle, Newry & A, North Antrim).
    Possible 5th in South Down (not sure why Martin Cunningham left Sinn Fein but he pulled a half-decent vote in the Mournes in the council elections).
    16 other ‘independents’ including definitively wacky bigots: Frazer in Newry and Foyle, Berry in Newry, Cedric Wilson in Strangford and Calvery and Peeples in Upper Bann. Not bigoted but nuts: Chambers and especially Carter in North Down, Hutchinson in Mid Ulster and I think Anderson in East Antrim. Quite serious: Deeny in West Tyrone, McCord in North Belfast.

    I’ll admit to knowing little about the James Gregg (North Antrim), David Gregg (Strangford) or Geoffrey Wilson (South Belfast). I suspect they are all unionists who lean a little to the right.

    There is no unionist anti-St. Andrew’s candidate in West Belfast, Foyle or, amazingly, East Belfast.

    There is no anti-policing republican candidate in East, North or South Belfast, South or East Antrim, Lagan Valley, North Down, Strangford and possibly South Down. North blooming Belfast!!! What a crowd of amateurs.

  • 18 candidates in South Belfast.
    16 in North Down, South Down and Upper Bann.
    15 in East Belfast and Strangford.
    14, the modal number of candidates, in North Belfast, West Belfast, East Antrim, East Derry, Foyle, Lagan Valley and South Antrim.
    13 in Fermanagh and South Tyrone and North Antrim.
    12 in Newry and Armagh and West Tyrone.

    Why do so many no hope independents run in election after election.

  • SuperSoupy

    Sammy,

    Is Lady Sylvia really allowed to nominate two candidates?

  • SuperSoupy

    I’ll answer my own question, she can sign six.

  • Stiofán de Buit

    Oh Lord!!! Cedric Wilson is back in Strangford.

  • Nevin

    Robert Sinclair Saulters is being very ‘ecumenical’ in North Antrim; he’s endorsed the two Paisleys (DUP) as well as Robert Swann (UUP).

  • Stiofán de Buit

    SM

    Not bigoted but nuts: Chambers and especially Carter in North Down, Hutchinson in Mid Ulster and I think Anderson in East Antrim.

    Can you elaborate on the reasons for their non-bigoted nuttiness? Any of them go in for tin-foil helmets?

  • Sean Og

    Martin Cunnigham left SF about 5 years ago unhappy about the leadership’s approach to the Peace process. He would most certainly be an anti-policing republican candidate. He just coped on to the way things were going before many others.

    Sammy – Could you not include Brian Wilson (North Down) in your “Not bigoted but nuts:” category? North Down seems to have more that it’d fair share of looney candidates.

  • Any of them go in for tin-foil helmets?

    Chris Carter. In a big way.

    Martin Cunnigham left SF about 5 years ago unhappy about the leadership’s approach to the Peace process. He would most certainly be an anti-policing republican candidate.

    Thanks for the info.

    Could you not include Brian Wilson (North Down) in your “Not bigoted but nuts:” category?

    He’s standing for a serious political party. Would you really like me to list all the DUP candidates who are loose a few screws?

  • fyi

    Sammy,

    Cunningham left after being deselected by the party leadership and replaced with Catriona Ruane. He had no difference on policy until he found out he was thought to be a weak candidate the party leadership would not endorse.

    His politics changed radically on being deselected. His deslection was not grassrots based like Hyland’s who similarly had an immediate policy Road to Damascus conversion.

  • Nevin

    Martin Cunningham saga – the strange tale of Catriona Ruane and a parachute.

  • Bruce101

    If Bob (I love myself and hate everyone else) McCartney was by some terrible electoral horror script to win more than one seat he would have to choose which seat he wished to represent – nobody can be a member for more than one seat. As substitutes can only be called upon when a vacancy occurs by a member his substitutes would not be used as he never became the member for his rejected constituency(ies). A bye-election would occur or the next candidate in the constituency he did not choose would get the seat. Clear isn’t it.

  • Bruce101

    Alternatively one Bob McCartney could sue one of the other Bob McCartneys for electoral personation and bring another Bob McCartney as a witness. They could all be represented in court by other Bob McCartneys. Afterall they have over 180 years experience at the Bar among them.

  • Crataegus

    Nevin

    Thanks for the link. It will be interesting to see where Cunningham’s transfers go.

    Sean Og

    From my perspective most politicians are nuts. You would need to be to get involved.

  • Sean Og

    The funny thing about the Martin Cunninham saga is that the SF leadership’s canidate who took Cunningham’s council seat in Mourne (Martin Connolly) has now also resigned from SF. Connolly, who is currently Deputy Mayor of Newry & Mourne was opposed to the PSNI/RUC move. Is he just a slow learner? The Mourne area which was very quiet during the conflict now seems to be a hot-bed of Republicanism.
    It will be interesting to see how many votes Cunningham gets and the impact it has on the last seat which will probably be a fight between PSF and the SDLP.

  • aisling?

    One noticeable absentee in Upper Bann is Tom French of the Workers Party. Whatever ones opinions about the party, Tom is well got on a personal level around Lurgan and Craigavon. Been there for decades. I suppose age has caught up on him

  • Crataegus

    Sean Og

    The Green candidate is from the Mournes and is a sitting councillor. They got about 1600 votes in the constituency in the council elections and have another councillor in Downpatrick. In this constituency the Greens should be well ahead of Alliance and should gain from their transfers. They could also benefit from the former Women’s Coalition vote which was respectable and may get some Unionist transfers.

    Some of the former SF supporters could well either vote for or transfer to the Greens. Unlike the SDLP they are an all Ireland Party.

    I am not suggesting that they are likely to win, but they could pull in a very strong vote and you never know. Also they are likely to have a larger impact on the final outcome than Cunningham. Here and in North Down they are the Jokers in the pack and I for one am not at all sure how to read it.

    Greens are one of the considerations that make the election interesting as for me the peeing contests between the SDLP and SF and the DUP and the UUP are utterly facile. They are all over represented already by my reckoning. What difference would it make to NI if all these parties lost or gained 4 or 5 seats? No difference whatsoever! Pointless contests to all but the participants.

  • “Sammy Morse” is fairly free and easy about the people he pronounces “bigots”. It’s easily a defamatory term – especially in the context of those seeking elected office in NI – and personally I hope at least one of them takes action about this slur.

  • Sean Og

    Crataegus – I agree with you that the Greens could do relatively well in North Down and South Down but it is relative. They are well short of a quota in both constituencies and will probably need an increase of 20% in first preferences to stay in the race for the last seat. Not impossible but unlikely this time round.
    Martin Cunningham will probably poll over 1,000 on the first count in South Down. He got nearly 600 in the council election. Where his transfers go will help determine the winner of the last seat. The majority will probably not transfer but some will go back to PSF.
    I wouldn’t expect the Greens to gain any. In South Down they are seen by Republicans as linked to the Stickies. Green candiate for Westminister last time, Raymond Blaney, was a former WP councillor and the current candidate Mussan would have been considered close to them through family connections in the past.

  • Crataegus

    Sean Og

    Thanks that bit of local information was useful. Greens are an odd group to try and get a handle on. Do you know anything about their current councillor in Downpatrick Bill Corry?

    The votes that Mussen and Cunningham get will very much depend on the amount of activists they have. It would be a hard constituency to cover. It seems Greens are trying to build cross border cooperation and that could prove interesting.

    Both Cunningham and Greens will get very respectable votes. It is becoming clear that what the likes of Cummingham were saying about SF is true. I expect SFs vote to drop I have no doubt that there is considerable dissatisfaction going back some time and that is now surfacing.

  • seabhac siúlach

    “There is no anti-policing republican candidate in East, North or South Belfast, South or East Antrim, Lagan Valley, North Down, Strangford and possibly South Down. North blooming Belfast!!! What a crowd of amateurs.”

    Not much point standing in strongly unionist areas when resources are limited…North Belfast is strange although there is an independent candidate standing there called Raymond McCord…I assume this is the father of the Raymond McCord Jnr., the one killed by the UVF informer and the subject of the McLoan report on collusion. The decision to give him a free run in North Belfast may be to embarass the Provos/Brit. govt. (former RUC officers still serving in the PSNI, MI5, etc.) and highlight collusion(?).

  • Crataegus

    seabhac siúlach

    Interesting point, because I can’t see all being sweetness and light for SF in the Republican areas of N Belfast.

    I for one would like to see Raymond McCord do well. On a point of principle I would vote for him if I could.

  • darth rumsfeld

    “I’m afraid it appears that George has took the hump with his former party and wants his revenge, he might cause them to miss on an extra seat in Strangford, but he’s unlikely to be back on his Stormont salary.”

    As I recall it, when a sitting MP is defeated at a general election he receives a parachute payment of 50% of his salary, thus explaining why so many dead wood MPs hang on for one last hurrah. I have been told that this applies to MLAs too, but have been unable to check- anyone know?

  • Not much point standing in strongly unionist areas when resources are limited

    North Belfast is not a ‘strongly’ unionist area. The Nationalist vote varies between 43% and 47%. It is a less ‘strongly’ unionist constituency than East Derry, Upper Bann or North Antrim, for example.

    Although I argued that North Belfast wasn’t exactly prime territory for dissidents, there are enough disgruntled people about the place for dissidents to poll well into three, if not four, figures. Ardoyne, the New Lodge, Cliftonville, Newington, Ligoneill – we’re talking about serious Republican heartland areas here.

    The decision to give him a free run in North Belfast may be to embarass the Provos/Brit. govt.

    It would be very interesting if it were true – do you know if this is the case or is it an educated guess?

  • seabhac siúlach

    Sammy Morse

    I know North Belfast is not a strongly unionist area…but the rest are…I was commenting on North Belfast as a separate case to those largely unionist areas…(re-reading what I wrote, I understand that I was not very clear…)

    As to Raymond McCord, merely an educated guess on my part…but it would be the only scenario that would make sense. I mean, why compete with the Provos in their heartland of West Belfast and leave them a free run in North Belfast? It makes no sense unless some ‘deal’ has been done…after all, North Belfast could have been a happy hunting ground for any number of ‘dissident’ candidates…

  • seabhac siúlach

    By the way, that link of yours in your last entry does not seem to be working…

  • darth rumsfeld

    Esmond Birnie has a proposer called Roberta Flack- Does Donny Hathaway have a secret rival in the ballad crooning stakes? And who else has celebrity endorsements?

  • darth rumsfeld

    … and the green party candidate in South Belfast is nominated by Hugh Frew. Which begs the question, whatever happened to Barney McGrew, Cuthbert Dibble and Grubb?

  • pith

    Will McCartney canvass all six constituencies or will he just chose a people?

  • Crataegus

    Sammy

    Was over in North Belfast yesterday looking at some proposals for developments and whilst there visited a few old acquaintances. Certainly in Ardoyne it would seem that there is a fair amount of discontent with SF. Hard to know how representative it was but all is not well in that quarter. However the views of the more political types may not be the same as the general voter. Very hard to gauge, but I expect there to be downward pressure on the SF vote.

    Darth

    Was looking at the candidates in South Belfast, and the Green candidate surprised me, never heard of her, who is Brenda Cooke? Does anyone know? This is supposed to be a seat they are ‘targeting’. Also interestingly their leader or should I say leaders don’t seem to be standing anywhere? Whatever happened to the lady on the parades commission? Puzzled!

  • Ca Va

    Darth Think if they get a “resettlement” of £20,000 if not elected. Think those not SELECTED or former MLA,s not seeking re-election also get £20,000 there is a Web site with this info, will try to find it!

  • The Clockwoman

    With modern technology maybe we are getting to a stage where representative democracy can be replaced with its true form. Where all of the people can contribute, via live cyber polls etc instead of sending representatives who have their own agendas.
    There is a book on how long it will take the MLAs debating a motion on their pay rises etc. Any takers?

  • Crataegus

    Clockwoman

    On another threat Darth suggested selection by lottery. The more I look through the list of candidates and the more I think about it the better the suggestion becomes.

  • pith

    Is that the same Roberta Flack that had the song out about an Esmond Birnie press statement?

  • Ca Va

    Darth MLA retiring and non-selection monies are on N.I.Assembly Website under “Members” and then “Expenses”

  • peanut lover

    Sammy,

    Why do you label people who have the courage to put their name on a ballot paper and take part in the democratic process as being “nuts”? As you say yourself you don’t want to have to start listing all the nuts who stand for the DUP but you are prepared to apply this nasty term to the people who stand under the banner of “others”. Are you not behaving like a bigot towards the “others” when you use such language to describe them. Personally I wish them all well and I am sure that a few of them have more between their ears than the average party candidate. Play fair old buddy. I want to take your comments seriously and personal abuse doesn’t seem like your style.

  • Belfastwhite

    Interesting take on Bob McCartney standing in 6 consituencies on the news tonight apparently he will be free to nominate a candidate of his choice if he wins more than one seat but will not be permitted to continually resign his seat and force by election after by election. This would mean that higher profile candidates from the bigger parties could run in any or all constituencies and hand the seat to whoever they have nominated as a successor.