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.

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

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