On the importance of policy…

The UUP were the first to publish their manifesto, and it is clear that they have put some considerable effort into developing their various policy positions. Yet it would seem, even here on Slugger that they are struggling to get anyone to listen to that detail despite the efforts of the PA Election Panel. The irony is that few in media see why policy might matter in this election as referendum on St Andrews. Yet the truth is that if these guys get a deal done, they will wield considerable executive power. At the very least, it is important to map what they say they intend doing now – if only for future reference.

  • fair_deal

    “The irony is that few in media see why policy might matter in this election as referendum on St Andrews.”

    Is that how the community is viewing it though?

    I have had a few chats with canvassers in Belfast of both UUP and DUP. St Andrews hasn’t been a particular doorstep issue (although St Andrews was always going to be a bigger electoral issue outside Greater Belfast than in it.)

    What are the rest of you hearing and what is the experience outside Belfast?

  • Po

    By now it’s about government. People want their government back, see it as the only way to tackle water charges, rates increases etc.

    The UUP is committed to govt on March 26th whilst the DUP is too ambiguous/divided/too shit scared to say what it really thinks.