SDLP’s problem: “depends too much on the force of changing winds rather than any chartered course.”

Screen Shot 2013-06-03 at 11.14.03

Excellent piece from Tom Kelly in the Irish News today… It’s worth reading in full, but roughly he’s hopeful the China trip will re-emphasise to the First and deputy First Ministers that economic development is not aided by domestic rows over flags and parades…

But then, turning to the Spad Bill affair, he notes:

The SDLP’s U Turn on the recent Spad Bill has certainly not enamoured the party to Sinn Fein, but the fact is that the SDLP has wasted nearly a deceade playing the role of a wallflower at the Sinn Fein ceilidh.

The real problem of the SDLP is that it is more like glider than a aeroplane as its journey depends too much on the force of changing winds rather than any chartered course.

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