Why have NI’s political parties failed to answer policy questions for #VoteMatch?

Screen Shot 2015-04-06 at 17.52.34Ahem, so there’s an election on. And everywhere in the United Kingdom there is a choice based on policy. You can play VoteMatch, a project run by Unlock Democracy to help you decide.

I tested it on the North Poole and Mid Dorset constituency, and there the running result is a lead for the Greens, with UKIP coming a close second in a place where the Lib Dems held the seat in 2010 and according to the Ashcroft polls the Tories look set to pick it up easily. [Well, it is powered by social media – Ed]

When I tried the Northern Ireland section this is what got… It seems our political parties (or some of them) are reluctant to be judged by their policy positions. [Do they even have any? – Ed] We shall be keeping a watching brief to see if any of them get a sudden cure of their post ideological stasis.

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