There was something for everyone in this election but the undoubted highlight was Naomi Long’s stunning victory in East Belfast.
A quick look at the Maths shows an astonishing 26% increase in Ms Long’s vote from 2005. At 37% that’s 7.5% better than Napier’s showing in 1979 and 5% up on Alderdice’s best performance. OK we know Robinson’s problems but to completely eclipse Ringland was another matter. I await informed internal explanations with great interest…..
Things are not all great however – Wiki demonstrates how localised is the Alliance support and Mark has posted previously on the desultory votes in Nationalist held seats. Indeed outside South and East Belfast results were not that clever. What’s the game plan for 2011 I wonder?
Welsh Nationalist. Rugby Fan. Know a bit about History and Railways…