Stephen Donnan-Dalzell

Alliance Surge – Is Lagan Valley an exception or an indication of the future?

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The dust has barely settled on the much anticipated general election which saw the Labour Party returned to power, after fourteen years, with a whopping Parliamentary majority of one hundred and seventy-two seats. As much as it pleases me to …

Frank Schnittger

Words mean what the Secretary of State says they mean

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Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall Humpty Dumpty had a great fall All the king’s horses and all the king’s men Couldn’t put Humpty together again Every now and again there is a debate on Slugger, or indeed elsewhere, about …

Alan Meban (Alan in Belfast)

Visualising majorities #GE2024

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Until I looked the constituency majorities together for the 2019 and 2024 General Elections, I hadn’t spotted that the sweet spot for Alliance is a shade under three thousand votes for their wins at both elections. Two versions of the …

Arnold Carton

Income Tax is the Best Way to Fund Public Services…

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How we fund our services has always been discussed in elections. Even in N. Ireland where border politics tends to dominate, every one of us knows that we need to pay more if our NHS is to function properly and …

Alan Meban (Alan in Belfast)

Visualising NI constituency turnout and party support #GE24

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If a picture’s worth a thousand words, there here are three charts to help your eyes unpack some of the shifts in voter behaviour at Thursday’s General Election! Turnout across Northern Ireland’s 18 constituencies was low. Very low. The final …

Soapbox

New report: Northern Ireland: challenges for the next Westminster government…

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Alan Whysall is a former civil servant in the Northern Ireland Office who advised British ministers throughout the negotiations that led to the 1998 Agreement. He is now an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Unit, specialising in politics in Northern …

Frank Schnittger

What the UK election result numbers actually say

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Sometimes when you analyse the actual numbers of election results, they don’t match up with the popular or media narrative. For instance, Keir Starmer’s “Landslide Victory” with 9,712,011 votes was actually won with almost 600,000 votes less than Corbyn’s humiliating …

Brian O’Neill

Open Sunday – discuss what you like…

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The idea for Open Sunday is to let you discuss what you like. Just two rules. Keep it civil and no man/woman playing. Discover more from Slugger O'Toole Subscribe to get the latest posts sent to your email. Type your …

Brian O’Neill

Open sunday – politics free zone…

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In addition to our normal open Sunday, we have a politics-free post to give you all a break. So discuss what you like here, but no politics. Discover more from Slugger O'Toole Subscribe to get the latest posts sent to …

Obelisk

Have we hit peak Alliance?

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In an alternate universe somewhere, Naomi Long leads a triumphant triumvirate of Alliance MPs back to Westminster with Sorcha Eastwood taking Lagan Valley, Stephen Farry holding on to North Down and Naomi herself reclaiming East Belfast from the DUP. But …

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