First time there "might" be an election with more than one candidate for the job.So what I hadn’t realised, this will be the first time an election is held for the leadership. Nothing like an election, to create trouble from the sidelines from the losing side. I hope Sammy wins. He would be hilarious at fending off his own trouble makers
First time there "might" be an election with more than one candidate for the job.
I too have that feeling. I think we've gone through a very tough two decades where the majority of voters were scarred by the troubles. But there's every likelihood now that it has bottomed out. The UUP and the SDLP are more likely to gain from here than to lose, though to do so would be to reverse long term trends, which is difficult. But they have the things they had before, pragmatism and accomodation, progressiveness and general reasonableness in their toolboxes, which may be more sought after as voters, one by one, come out from their hiding places in the margins. The move to alliance is a sign of that, but really progressive politics does not have to mean abandoning constitutional positions, but being able to hold them in much less harmful ways to the political processes.
It's never a good move to enter into a coalition as the minority Party, its all blame and no gain.You have to wonder why anybody in their right mind would want the job now. You imagine to recover electorally, they have to be seen to get rid of the protocol, be seen to abandon the north south bodies and modernise their outlook on social matters.
The protocol is going nowhere albeit it will be changed and tweaked to make more user friendly. It will still be a stone in both feet, to die hard unionists, and DUP will forever be associated with it.
The GF agreement is going nowhere, and hence north south bodies are going nowhere. Abandoning either or is not a policy.
As for any leader aiming to modernise ..... too many die hards lying in the long grass.
What a fall from the dizzy heights of Westminster kingmaker for Nigel Dodds. Turfed out as MP at the last GE. Now to be told by the party, don’t bother applying for leader!!