Follow @PoliticsIE
 
 
 
Page 1 of 35 1234511 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 350

Thread: West Tyrone By-election Options

  1. #1
    Politics.ie Member theloner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Do town and country dwellers have radically different prospects?
    Posts
    9,646
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default West Tyrone By-election Options

    After the horrifically embarrassing Barry McElduff affair, also known as the Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds social-media fiasco, where the sitting MP thought it was a funny joke to balance a loaf of Kingsmill bread on his head on the 42nd anniversary of the Kingsmill murders, a by-election has been triggered in the strongly nationalist constituency of West Tyrone. So who is up for replacing Wee Bazza Chiltern Hundreds?

    The UUP

    Ulster Unionist leader Robin Swann, has called for a "non-partisan candidate who will be a voice for victims" to contest the seat. It might put the SDLP and Alliance in a sticky situation, particularly if the 'victim candidate' is a red, white and blue one. Not withstanding the fact both parties have been against pacts in the past.

    SF

    Local republicans say they believe it is unlikely to be any of the party's three sitting MLAs that will run - Michaela Boyle, Declan McAleer or Catherine Kelly. Grace McDermott and Peter Canavan have been mentioned.

    Barry McElduff will be hidden under the stairs for the duration of the election campaign. Republican sources close to theloner have also claimed Mairtin O'Millionaire has been instructed to make sure Bazza Chiltern Hundreds eats two square meals a day during this period and Michael McIvor has been given the task of holding a flashlight for the other pair as they still haven't replaced the light-bulb under the stairs at Carrickmore SF HQ when it blew during the 2nd hunger-strike.

    SDLP

    The SDLP candidate is likely to be high-profile MLA Daniel McCrossan. He has been highly critical of how Michelle O'Neill had handled the Kingsmill video situation, saying it totally contradicted her party's "campaign for equality, respect and integrity".

    DUP

    The DUP's Thomas Buchanan was runner-up to Mr McElduff in June, but he was still more than 10,000 votes behind in a constituency where Sinn Fein have an absolute majority. It looks like they could run either Mr Buchanan or Omagh councillor Errol Thompson. Buchanan is a creationist, strongly pro-Brexit, and anti-gay which means he probably won't improve on his outing next time round in this constituency.


    Others

    Máiría Cahill has suggested Breege Quinn, whose son Paul Quinn was murdered in 2007. However, Mrs Quinn last night ruled herself out as a possible candidate.

    One unionist source suggested Sharon Gault, who is from a Catholic background and is married to Stephen Gault, whose father was killed in the Enniskillen bombing in 1987.

    Da Last Figures

    Sinn Féin Barry McElduff 22,060
    DUP Thomas Buchanan 11,718
    SDLP Daniel McCrossan 5,635
    UUP Alicia Clarke 2,253
    Alliance Stephen Donnelly 1,000


    So, would you like a game of political football or political chess? Move your first pawn.

    https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/o...-36492540.html
    https://www.irishnews.com/news/polit...e-in--1233024/
    'Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness'.

  2. #2
    Politics.ie Member devonish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    North Down
    Posts
    3,696
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default

    I'll be (pleasantly) surprised if SF vote drops by more than 1% - 2%, waste of time and effort.

  3. #3
    GDPR Deleted
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    103,633
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default

    The Shinners should run Michael McIvor.

  4. #4
    Politics.ie Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    9,542
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by theloner View Post
    After the horrifically embarrassing Barry McElduff affair, also known as the Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds social-media fiasco, where the sitting MP thought it was a funny joke to balance a loaf of Kingsmill bread on his head on the 42nd anniversary of the Kingsmill murders, a by-election has been triggered in the strongly nationalist constituency of West Tyrone. So who is up for replacing Wee Bazza Chiltern Hundreds?

    The UUP

    Ulster Unionist leader Robin Swann, has called for a "non-partisan candidate who will be a voice for victims" to contest the seat. It might put the SDLP and Alliance in a sticky situation, particularly if the 'victim candidate' is a red, white and blue one. Not withstanding the fact both parties have been against pacts in the past.

    SF

    Local republicans say they believe it is unlikely to be any of the party's three sitting MLAs that will run - Michaela Boyle, Declan McAleer or Catherine Kelly. Grace McDermott and Peter Canavan have been mentioned.

    Barry McElduff will be hidden under the stairs for the duration of the election campaign. Republican sources close to theloner have also claimed Mairtin O'Millionaire has been instructed to make sure Bazza Chiltern Hundreds eats two square meals a day during this period and Michael McIvor has been given the task of holding a flashlight for the other pair as they still haven't replaced the light-bulb under the stairs at Carrickmore SF HQ when it blew during the 2nd hunger-strike.

    SDLP

    The SDLP candidate is likely to be high-profile MLA Daniel McCrossan. He has been highly critical of how Michelle O'Neill had handled the Kingsmill video situation, saying it totally contradicted her party's "campaign for equality, respect and integrity".

    DUP

    The DUP's Thomas Buchanan was runner-up to Mr McElduff in June, but he was still more than 10,000 votes behind in a constituency where Sinn Fein have an absolute majority. It looks like they could run either Mr Buchanan or Omagh councillor Errol Thompson. Buchanan is a creationist, strongly pro-Brexit, and anti-gay which means he probably won't improve on his outing next time round in this constituency.


    Others

    Máiría Cahill has suggested Breege Quinn, whose son Paul Quinn was murdered in 2007. However, Mrs Quinn last night ruled herself out as a possible candidate.

    One unionist source suggested Sharon Gault, who is from a Catholic background and is married to Stephen Gault, whose father was killed in the Enniskillen bombing in 1987.

    Da Last Figures

    Sinn Féin Barry McElduff 22,060
    DUP Thomas Buchanan 11,718
    SDLP Daniel McCrossan 5,635
    UUP Alicia Clarke 2,253
    Alliance Stephen Donnelly 1,000


    So, would you like a game of political football or political chess? Move your first pawn.

    https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/o...-36492540.html
    https://www.irishnews.com/news/polit...e-in--1233024/
    I hope Barry McElduff is a candidate - this time as an Independent on a promise that, if re-elected, he will take his seat at Westminster and use parliamentary privilege to "out" Prods who have committed aggression (of any type) against Catholics. I hope that Barry runs as a "give the Prods a taste of their own medicine" candidate. If nothing else, his doing so would test the waters to gauge whether there is a "market" for that type of Catholic party.

  5. #5
    Politics.ie Member hollandia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    The fence, the capital, the other bits and occasionally the foreign bits
    Posts
    30,018
    Mentioned
    7 Post(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by devonish View Post
    I'll be (pleasantly) surprised if SF vote drops by more than 1% - 2%, waste of time and effort.
    Depending on how the opposing candidates conduct their campaign, it may actually rise. Particularly if, as theloner puts it, a "red, white and blue" victims candidate is selected.
    Belofte maakt schuld.

  6. #6
    Politics.ie Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Posts
    13,793
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default

    Of curse the OP shows that the hounding of McElduff was not about decency or victims but about smashing SF.

    Any victim will be trampled on if it allows an attack on SF. And the media row in behind without hesitation.

  7. #7
    GDPR Deleted
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    103,633
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by devonish View Post
    I'll be (pleasantly) surprised if SF vote drops by more than 1% - 2%, waste of time and effort.
    I think you could see a decent size fall in their vote given their foisting this totally unnecessary election upon the people of West Tyrone in order to suck up to the Dublin establishment which will always hate them.

  8. #8
    Politics.ie Member devonish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    North Down
    Posts
    3,696
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by hollandia View Post
    Depending on how the opposing candidates conduct their campaign, it may actually rise. Particularly if, as theloner puts it, a "red, white and blue" victims candidate is selected.
    Victims deserve to have their voices heard but it's unhealthy to politicise them more than they already are, irrespective of which side of the divide they're from. It's an election, you fight it based on your policies, not based on the emotions around victims.

  9. #9
    GDPR Deleted
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    103,633
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default

    The UUP and DUP should run William Frazer as a "victim's candidate". If our politics are going to be farcical than we might as well go the whole hog.

  10. #10
    Politics.ie Member theloner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Do town and country dwellers have radically different prospects?
    Posts
    9,646
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Levellers View Post
    Of curse the OP shows that the hounding of McElduff was not about decency or victims but about smashing SF.

    Any victim will be trampled on if it allows an attack on SF. And the media row in behind without hesitation.
    Ffs McElduff gave unionists a penalty kick. They took it and predictably hit the crossbar. No one forced McElduff to act a clown. The losers in this are the families of the Kingsmill victims and to a degree the O'Dowd and Reavey clanns, just as the families of the Gibraltar 3 were the victims when Campbell came out with his bollox in the summer, including a daughter of one of the dead who hated what her father did and how it ended up.

    Blaming the media for hounding SF is utterly pathetic and a does a disservice to the party I am sure you wish to promote.
    'Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness'.

Page 1 of 35 1234511 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •