SF haven't named a replacement, essentially triggering an election.
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Originally Posted by Brian? View Post
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No doubt this will be blown up as some sort of epochal event.
The end of power sharing in the North for the time being.
Has he been asked if he will be standing in this election?
A pity he had to stand aside, this will trigger a round of sectarian recriminations that will only deepen the divisions with NI.
Something to take Theresa May's mind off Brexit for a while.
Arlene Foster has been very stupid here.
I wonder if foster will continue to be pig headed and stand as DUP leader. Must be the right time for her party colleagues to push her under the bus
I don't know. Have you seen the interview with McIlroy?
"I said: 'Justin, if I had been on the podium (listening) to the Irish national anthem as that flag went up, or the British National anthem as that flag went up, I would have felt uncomfortable either way.'
"I don't know the words to either anthem; I don't feel a connection to either flag; I don't want it to be about flags; I've tried to stay away from that.""
This is the new middle ground in Northern Irish politics, neither British nor Irish, but happy with the status quo and devolution.
It mightn't happen at this election, but sometime in the next decade, the population of Northern Ireland are going to reject both SF and the DUP and look for more moderate governance. If the election goes as you predict with increased sectarian division, that may actually hasten the end as ordinary people won't want the type of sectarian rubbish promulgated by both extremes.
That would be for the best, the sooner people realise the unionist/republican divide is what's holding back NI, the sooner they'll be able to make a proper future for their country.
This makes non sense, as it will be the ordinary people voting for sectarian rubbish that they don't want?
I'm no shinner, and wouldn't vote for them in a fit, but it's clear to me that they are actually moderating their politics in NI but the DUP are not.
The DUP is the party of Paisley, and it beggars belief that they've outstripped the UUP in the polls. The Unionist "side" seem to be becoming more staunch, while SF moderate.
Unionism is going to eat itself eventually.
Regardless of his criminal and murderous past the poor man has looked very unwell lately, I wish him good luck in his retirement and peace and solace wherever he can find it.
That is a matter of perspective. SF don't appear to me to have moderated in any way. They are still calling for a pointless referendum, they are still protecting rapists, child abusers and most recently those who killed Stack.
He'll be back!
Sorry, I was specifically referencing the non-Troubles aspect of their governance and ministerships.
I know it's hard for people to separate the two, and for those very Troubles reasons I don't vote for them in our own elections (also, their leftism/populism), but they do some across as very moderate and project an air of wanting to at least look like trying to make an effort.
The DUP do not.