Handbags and poster fights…

The posters at Northern Irish (and southern Irish) elections are something of a bizarre sight to outsiders. In England, all are ‘privately owned’; ie, you can tell what degree of support a party has from how many houses in a given area are displaying their posters. In Ireland, it usually indicates who got out first, or who managed to get out under cover of darkness and replaced their opponents with their own the night before. They all do it. Republican, Nationalist, and Unionist. Though one would hope the more genteel Alliance Party would refrain from such underhand practices. Doesn’t stop them from complaining though…

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