Ian McCrea, another one who failed to get the memo?

Mick FealtyMick 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

Ruth’s selective hearing

It’s safe to assume that Ruth Patterson’s promotion to the Deputy Lord Mayor position in Belfast was part of a long-term rehabilitation effort by DUP strategists with the clear objective of securing that elusive second DUP seat in South Belfast at the next Assembly election. Patterson’s earlier spats with the Chinese community in working-class loyalist parts of the constituency certainly did not help alter the image of the party amongst the more affluent unionists residing outside of the loyalist working-class …

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Did Ruth Patterson not get Peter’s memo?

cropped DUP logo

The general opinion on Slugger – never mind media commentators and conversations in pubs and livings rooms – has been that the DUP have been edging towards the centre ground. Throughout the election campaign, Peter Robinson avoided criticising the deputy First Minister and generally avoided needling Sinn Fein – and Martin McGuinness reciprocated with his frequent references to “Peter and I”. While pockets remain in the DUP that still articulate their distrust and discomfort at working so closely with Sinn …

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