No real analysis here.
Just for the record and to wind up my “results service”, there was no change.
The three incumbent MEPs have all been returned.
Martina Anderson Sinn Fein
Diane Dodds DUP
Jim Nicholson UUP
Alex Attwood (SDLP) did moderately well. The most progressive candidate, he fought a good campaign.
Jim Allister the TUV dinosaur did well.
As we know now, Anna Lo is leaving politics. I am not entirely convinced that the only issue is Racism. Her campaign began well and Alliance foolishly talked up her chances. But she never really recovered from analysing Norn Iron as a post-colonial problem and seemingly coming out as a nationalist.
The Alliance Party is at heart a liberal unionist party. The deceit is saying that it is a party for unionists and nationalists. Really Alliance operate a “dont ask, dont say” policy and Anna rocked that boat.
After that gaffe, Anna Lo seems to have conducted a fairly lacklustre campaign.
The also rans.
Ross Brown (Green Party) will be happy that he got elected as a councillor in East Belfast (Ormiston) but I think he was a poor candidate, out of his depth. There were bigger names, who would have done better…Steven Agnew, John Barry and Clare Bailey.
Henry Reilly (UKIP)…we have enough sectarian and racist dinosaurs in Norn Iron, without importing UKIP. But Henry did a fine job in making some of our knuckle-draggers look moderate.
The man from the Conservative Party…his name is Brotherston …but I already forget his first name, could not even get elected as a councillor in Bangor.
Tina McKenzie…NI21….what can I say? Absolute disaster when Party members are so let down by their leadership, that some of their council candidates dont even vote for themselves.
Still the NI21 ill wind blew some good for Alliance Party, probably the main beneficiary of the NI21 implosion. From the moment NI21 was launched, Alliance …the market leader in “letsgetalongerism” would have wanted the new party strangled at birth. And…thats exactly what happened.
In less than a decade,the NI21 Story will be a great subject for a Politics Dissertation at Queens. Or a great subject for a conspiracy theorist to blog.