And the Ulster Unionists slowly make up their minds…

A few bits and pieces have come my way over the last few days whilst I’ve been away for the mid term break. Not least the choice of Trevor Ringland as the UU’s preferred candidate for East Belfast and Paula Bradshaw for South… And as most publicised Mike Nesbitt’s late run in Strangford has also put some noses out of joint. Each, in their own way indicate a determination from the top to signal a change. High profile candidates in the two Robinson seats demonstrate an appetite for a fight. It remains to be seen whether those two candidates can galvanise the local associations after potentially divisive protracted selection procedures. They will need every boot on the ground they can muster. And not to play the usual game of “Knock, knock ginger” that has passed for UU canvassing in its former heart lands in recent times…

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