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Thread: Why dont the SDLP contest elections in the south?

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    Default Why dont the SDLP contest elections in the south?

    Like SF they claim to be a nationalist/republican party whos primary aim is to secure a UI. However unlike SF they arent organised on an all Ireland basis, why?

    As far as Im aware even some small parties like the socialist party contest in all 32 counties so why hasnt the SDLP made the electoral move down south?
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    Good question. How they fit maybe? If their platforms wind up too similar to other major parties, it doesn't provide a niche. Even then, though, they could provide alternative and improved candidates against other parties' candidates who might formally claim to be similar on platforms but bring more to the table in individual races such as charisma, CV, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by O'Sullivan Bere View Post
    Good question. How they fit maybe? If their platforms wind up too similar to other major parties, it doesn't provide a niche. Even then, though, they could provide alternative and improved candidates against other parties' candidates who might formally claim to be similar on platforms but bring more to the table in individual races such as charisma, CV, etc.
    I think they would gain substantial support in the current state of affairs, many people are unhappy with our current government and SF is simply a party many would never consider voting for because of the troubles. What results is that people end up back with FF (as recent polls have shown) where they might not like them or their policies but are the default option.
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    Because they are unicorns but too dumb to admit it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishWelshCelt View Post
    I think they would gain substantial support in the current state of affairs, many people are unhappy with our current government and SF is simply a party many would never consider voting for because of the troubles. What results is that people end up back with FF (as recent polls have shown) where they might not like them or their policies but are the default option.
    SF is trying to corner the socialist minded working class types as well as eurosceptics, etc, and actually done quite well given their baggage. The youths are a big target market and didn't grow up in pre-GFA times so the 'new SF', if you will, fills and speaks to a certain type of voter in the post-Troubles world. And you're correct, the SDLP would IMO offer new choices and candidates to the mix, and it helps 'police' the system for efficiency and accountability as a competitor and option at the ballot box.

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    Its pretty clear from the latest Spotlight poll that partitionist/apathetic NI Catholics are the bedrock of their support. It might help with the more hardline Nationalist voters but could push some of the moderates towards Alliance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dame_Enda View Post
    Its pretty clear from the latest Spotlight poll that partitionist/pathetic NI Catholics are the bedrock of their support. It might help with the more hardline Nationalist voters but could push some of the moderates towards Alliance.
    Thats what i said...
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    I edited to apathetic by the way. Didn't mean to type "pathetic". Sorry if anyone was offended...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dame_Enda View Post
    I edited to apathetic by the way. Didn't mean to type "pathetic". Sorry if anyone was offended...
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    Who would be their electorate, they target the FF/Labour types within the Irish population up north what would they have to offer voters?
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