Despite a long wait for a clear statement, Slugger is hearing that Ian Paisley Senior has denied that he has plans to step down at the next election. It’s possible that he wants to step on any further speculation that would lead to a weakening of his leadership. But if Brown waits until 2009 or 2010 to call the next Westminster election that could see him campaigning for North Antrim at age 83 or 84. We await a concrete statement.
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