Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week March 5, 2017Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
Here’s an interesting take on the northern elections
Sinn Fein’s main success in the Assembly election was against the SDLP but also against Fianna Fail’s plans to expand north in 2019.
Interesting in so far as no-one else is thinking about FF because it’s an irrelevance. The SDLP did take some hits in Foyle and west Belfast, but actually in proportional terms increased its number of seats, with some unexpected gains, especially in Lagan Valley.
Beyond that, there’s this from a predictable source
Tribal passions are putting the centre under severe pressure both in Northern Ireland and the Republic. Should this go on, the middle ground will soon give way under our feet.
Undoubtedly tribalism is resurgent in the north, though within a context of all sides wanting power sharing back (at least publicly). The notion the NI elections are a threat to the centre in the south is altogether more fanciful. Or should that be hysterical.