IMHO – the surge for fans should have happened before she declared. It might have underlined her position as a candidate with momentum, and also allowed a conversation to begin earlier.
Margaret has been on Facebook for a while. Had she triggered this before declaring for the leadership then her main motivation might have been genuine engagement. But triggering this after declaring is the self-promotion behind campaigning. Ah well.
(Having Margaret ask for her own fans looks a bit, erm, desperate doesn’t it? Someone else shoulda looked after this for her.)
Still, I like Margaret. Break a leg girl!
PS. But then I like Alastair McDonnell too. Margaret Ritchie or Alastair McDonnell? Mmm… there’s only way to sort this out. FIGHT!