** Sinn Fein ‘paralysed’ by SDLP ** First Minister Peter Robinson launches a scathing attack on Sinn Fein, claiming its “fear” of the SDLP often paralyses its decisions.
The sacking of the deputy leader does nothing to enhance the leader’s position in the party and the UUP are increasingly becoming the joke of NI politics… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-19785580
** ‘I was undermined’ says Elliott ** Ulster Unionist leader Tom Elliott accuses some members of his party of blatantly undermining him and feeding “lies” to the press.
A brave move or a stupid one? As if there aren’t enough problems to sort out for this Tory government… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17002166 Check out the link above. Is this one that Davy will have to let go? If he toughs it out it seems that it’ll cost the lib dems more than the Tories…so he’ll probably … Continue reading
Sf are pushing for more fiscal power and independence. The DUP don’t think we could sustain ourselves in NI. With £9bn coming straight from British treasury SF are probably being overly ambitious and they also want to raise taxes (perish the thought!). The SDLP take a more pragmatic approach and suggest we continue to get … Continue reading
Another reason for the decline in the UUP vote…are they for real? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-16829223
On the very day the new SDLP leader refers to the DUP/Sf “carved up” government as behaving like “Afghan warlords sharing the spoils of war” the DUP and SF have a tiff over Pat Finucane‘s relationship with the IRA. But really, did Edwin Poots tell the Assembly anything that was not in the public domain?? … Continue reading
Calling the DUP/SF relationship a ‘carve up’ and referring to them as behaving like ‘Afghan warlords…sharing the spoils of war’ is not necessarily new language but the fact that it comes from the new leader of the SDLP may suggest a new departure from the Executive could be an aim, with SDLP flirting with (once … Continue reading
The Irish presidential election reveals that the nationalism in the north is very different than that in the south. Republican language from SF is significantly toned down in the south and they are viewed primarily as a party of protest (over the economy) in the ROI. In short, SFs assertion that a united Ireland is … Continue reading
Forgive me, but such an uninspiring race is not going to challenge the SF grip on the nationalist vote in NI…Most commentators agree that the squabbles that forced Durkan out, then Ritchie have made it impossible to turn round a 15 year decline.