Got to say that this time out was the poorest slate of Unionist candidates I can remember. Take poor quality and blend it in beside Euro apathy, disaffection over expenses, a woefully misjudged sectarian campaign by the biggest Unionist party (WTF was that 5-0 stuff about. Tsk), plus the Hermon reverse ferret.
RTE whets the appetite for shock results come Monday.
Northern Ireland looks set for a dramatic series of European election results as official figures confirmed a major drop in voter turnout.
Only 42.8% of people eligible to vote cast a ballot, down significantly from the figure of 51.72% turnout at the last European election.
Vote counting will not begin until Monday, but early unofficial tallies suggest the Democratic Unionist Party has suffered a major hit.
Oops. I remember having a conversation with a UUP guy and expressing the idea that all their negative DUP messages might have the awkward result of being effective. If the negative campaign (and the crappie pantsonfire.com) did what they intended it to then surely the outcome would be fewer DUP voters (and their second preferences) at the polls. This was kinda waved away and the negative campaign was described as perfectly legitimate.
Well, RTE says the DUP turnout has taken a hit. Surely if it has, then the UUP vote will be depressed.
The DUP could afford to take smack in the chops – but Nicholson could not. Wonder what the feeling is with the Stoops at the moment? Do they think they’ve done enough?