News has been circulating Stormont all morning that former MLA for North Antrim James Leslie has died whilst on holiday. I met him several times, usually on the High Street in Holywood. The last time was last month when both his young daughter and mine stood with as much patience as they could muster in the blustery January wind, whilst we talked politics for as long as we dared. I did not know him well, but he struck me as one of those few (very few) politicians in Northern Ireland who have not one tribal bone in their bodies. As such he will be much missed for those of us who think that such things matters to Northern Ireland’s future, whichever way it goes. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
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