Ford tries to ‘bump’ Long over the line?

I’ve not been able to take politicians forecasts of their own fortunes seriously since Mitchel McLaughlin told me in all seriousness that he was going to win the Foyle seat in 2005. Now David Ford is pushing his candidate in East Belfast as a real possibility for taking a seat, without quite saying that.

With Sammy Morse’s warnings against any party (including his own presumably) who relies on canvass returns ringing in my ears, I would say the Alliance party need to lodge this idea in the minds of East Belfast voters to move enough UUP voters across to her in order to dispatch the DUP leader. With Naomi still down on 10/1, she might be worth an outside punt…

But I still think the real metric is the size of the TUV’s, not just how much the ‘liberals’ take from one another…

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