One last hustings (#bele11) in case you can’t sleep …

It’s the storm before the calm. It feels a bit like Slugger’s clearing out the draft folder of posts before they become irrelevant post-count when the focus switches away from the campaign and turns to the results and the consequences of the electorates’ pencil scribblings.

In case Tuesday’s late night leaders’ debate whet your appetite for midnight political listening, here’s one last election treat. It’s a recording of last night’s East Belfast election hustings, held in Knock Presbyterian Church. I wasn’t there, and I haven’t had time to listen to the whole thing, but a couple of friends who were there said they enjoyed the evening. Thanks to KPC for the recording.

  • Séamas de Faoite (SDLP, Pottinger)
  • Martin Gregg, (Green Party, Assembly + Castlereagh East)
  • Chris Lyttle (Alliance, Assembly)
  • Robin Newton (DUP, Assembly)
  • Philip Robinson (UUP, Assembly + Pottinger)
  • Dawn Purvis (Independent, Assembly)

(Sinn Fein’s Niall Ó Donnghaile apologised to the organisers that he could not make it along.)

Apparently there’s no mention of the recent dissident activity, no mention of the City Airport. Instead there’s health, education, sickness absence, women candidates, AV, ending with some “cruel questions” from host Mark Simpson which revealed an Alliance prediction to win 11 seats and a reiteration of the DUP commitment to take the Finance ministry first, and pick up Education as their second choice if it is still available.

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  • Mark McGregor


    You weren’t there.

    We don’t give some kind of credit/nod to the person that was?

    They have just influenced election-eve content on Slugger.

  • I’m on good terms with the guy who was doing the PA! I’m not sure he’ll want named!

  • The Word

    good luck to all our sdlp candidates

  • Drumlins Rock

    Over on the assembly election discussion has really taken off, literally , its not there, your favourite American President and Cameron banning gay kissing on TV are there, NI elections have not been mentioned to date I believe. I guess that shows the interest there is down south! as for the blogging and twitter election neither have materialsed (apart from a pond stunt) thankfully, if anything the only place where the fight has taken place is on Facebook, how effective I’m not sure but made good use of it yesterday… we shall see.

  • Cynic2

    After today will the first Minister ‘sleep with the fishes’ politically?

    If SF top the poll the men in suits may move at last. Unlikely but we can dream

  • With the viewing figures for Tuesday night’s debate showing a low audience, is there any point trying to guess at who will be FM tonight?

  • YelloSmurf

    @cynic, or we can bream