Clearing the space for a deal…

Some things don’t change. We can expect a continuing fight a day between the only two parties that have really mattered since November 2003. Something that has changed though, is the viability of the dissenters against some form of agreement. Stephen Farry in North Down looks like he will be elected on the count before doyen of the ‘antis’, Robert McCartney, is eliminated in his base constituency. As one Alliance Party stalwart told Slugger last night: “people were telling us they were voting Sinn Fein and the DUP and telling them to do a deal, and telling us they voting for us to make sure they do a deal”.

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