Lets All Vote

Lets All Vote

So Peter Robinson thinks that Stormont is not fit for purpose. Join the club, there are a lot of us…we’re waiting on a back order of membership cards, you see, the anti-Stormont membership packs are being handled by the DVLA in Swansea… Interestingly, Martin McGuinness seems to disagree, I wonder if thats in any way due to a change in the Status Quo potentially upsetting the Sinn Fein agenda. Gregory Campbell said words to the effect of “we can call an election, but it will be exactly the same Assembly afterwards, people will vote the same” and unfortunately this is all too true. The issue in Northern Ireland that isn’t necessarily shared in many other places, is entrenchment within a cause. Yes, people in England vote Labour because their dad voted Labour, and his dad voted Labour and so on and so on…but this is not the same. If the Labour leader decided one day to take a massive dump in parliament square whilst wearing a Saddam Hussein costume and shouting “VIVÉ LE FRANCE!!” those labour voters would switch, no questions asked. Not so in Northern Ireland. Sure, the switch from DUP to UUP or Sinn Fein to SDLP is not so great a jump as to question ones identity, but that is not necessarily the solution we require. To listen to the Stephen Nolan show, or any other political sounding board for the masses, is to hear disappointment, disenfranchisement, hatred even. I believe that now more than ever, the despondency shown by a parties electorate to that party, is at critical mass. Unfortunately there is nowhere they will...