The swing vote

In an idealised democracy, battles are fought in the centre ground of the landscape. Not everyone is in the centre ground of politics of course, but there are enough swing voters that their votes are worth the effort. In Northern Ireland, the assumption is that there are no swing voters, or at least that there are insufficient numbers to make courting them worthwhile. Continue reading...


The S word

Accusations of sectarianism are as commonplace in Northern Ireland as the phenomenon itself. While it used to be an everyday occurrence for unionist and nationalist extremes to mutually accuse each other of sectarianism over any and every sort of political disagreement, in these post-Chuckle Brothers times such allegations are more often directed towards both sides… Continue reading The S word