The mistake of saving Stormont from itself…

A great argument for real democracy in Northern Ireland Newton Emerson. Rinse and repeat. PS, I’ll be talking about the run in to Theresa Villier’s Commons speech in this morning’s #SluggerReport on Periscope at 10am.

  • Redstar

    Brilliant piece. Why anyone votes for, supports or even cares about the career politicos gravy train on the hill is waaaaay beyond me

  • chrisjones2

    Time for them all to go I fear

    Trust the people and tell this lot to shove off and leave us alone

  • Catcher in the Rye

    That’s not the message “the people” are giving at the ballot box.

  • chrisjones2

    Yes they are…they are not voting or even registering to vote

  • Catcher in the Rye

    Sorry, but you don’t get to interpret the views of non-voters who exercise no opinion on how the country is governed.

  • Nevin

    … but there was no-one there to save UUP newcomer, Neil Somerville, today:

    Mr Patsy McGlone is not in his place, so I call Mr Neil Somerville.

    Mr Somerville: Question number 1.

    Mr Speaker: You are listed for a topical question, Mr Somerville. Present your question, please.

    We will have to move on.

    Has the UUP learnt so little about the need for a professional approach to politics? Neil musn’t have been in the scouts; ‘Be prepared’ is their motto.

  • Well, there are actual opposition parties. So with elections every 8 weeks, they would grow from their 1 MLA each until they take over.

  • chrisjones2

    I am not trying to. I am just pointing out that the long term history is disengagement with the whole electoral process. Not voting is as much a political act as voting or scrawling ‘not in my name’ across the ballot

  • aquifer

    Spot on. The voters who just wanted to keep the other side out are likely to get tired and stay home, and party funders won’t pay for influence without power.

  • Ben De Hellenbacque

    If 50% of the people actually went to polling stations, then this permanent logjam might not have been generated in the 1st place

  • Zeno

    “If 50% of the people actually went to polling stations,”

    There is a lot more than 50% who don’t vote. Almost 200,000 don’t even register.
    I’ve never voted. I don’t see the logic in using a popularity contest to choose leaders or the rationale of picking which clown is least worst.

  • Catcher in the Rye

    I am not trying to.

    Yes you are. Non-voting could mean any number of things. It could mean that people are happy with the government or their local representative. Or that they are happy to support whoever wins the election. Or that they simply don’t care either way.