Sinn Féin and the DUP finally run out of ‘crocodile momentum’…

Look, whatever anybody else tells you (including me) about last week’s election results, no one will top this from Newton Emerson:

THE remarkable success of Alliance in last week’s council elections should not distract from the even more remarkable failure of the DUP and Sinn Féin.

Compared to the last council election in 2014, considered a poor performance for both parties, the DUP has added 18,697 votes and Sinn Fein 4,875 votes.

That is all they have to show for the past two-and-a-half years of duelling on Stormont’s lawn.


…the ratchet effect of the 2017 assembly and Westminster contests, when the DUP and Sinn Féin levered up each other’s votes, could have been expected to carry some momentum over into last week.

Both parties clearly thought it would do so, given how many extra candidates they ran.

I do have a few caveats to add, but to hear those, you’ll have to wait until next week and my Sinn Féin and DUP post election profiles…

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