Alliance in good shape…

THE personable Kieran McCarthy was, I think, the last man elected in the last Assembly election. While he’s not home and dry in this one yet, the Alliance man has increased his party’s share of the vote more than any other in Strangford, which means he’s likely to see off the SDLP threat of Joe Boyle. Seems like this is going to be a pretty good election for Alliance, with the possibility of one gain in South Belfast in the shape of Anna Lo – who would be the first Chinese candidate to be elected to any UK assembly!