“They know how to use their vote wisely..”

If you’ve been watching the post-count interviews you’ll probably have heard newly-elected Conservative and Unionist MEP Jim Nicholson gleefully recounting how journalists had dismissively referred to him as “the guinea pig”. Except.. it wasn’t a journalist who first used that description.. it was Jim himself, back at the start of December 2008, in this interview with Jim Fitzpatrick – Mark Devenport preferred “crash test dummy”.. ANYhoo.. In the course of the conversation Jim Nicholson predicted the “internecine squabble between the TUV and the DUP” [3mins in], and also addressed the issue of those useful TUV transfers.. [new link] Meanwhile, other questions remain to be answered.


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