On the Durkan succession…

This was written yesterday when Mark Durkan’s intention to resign was still newsworthy… That its gone off the radar so quickly probably demonstrates just how small our politics have become in the last few years, but probably too, how uncontested a space northern Nationalism has become…

I argue that it is no place of the current leader to try and stage manage his succession and if he does, it will only do his own party considerable harm… Managed succession may cut down turbulence in the short term, but it does by sacrificing passionate contention over the future… Rather than going after a Westminster election campaign (which can only be about his legacy), he’d be better stepping down sooner and letting someone else provide voters a choice over what kind of future they have to offer… The rest here…

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