Friday, March 09, 2007

Northern Ireland election

Yesterday's election results from Northern Ireland make interesting reading, despite no major changes.

It's no surprise that the DUP and Sinn Fein came first and second (in that order), both increasing their number of seats, whilst the UUP and SDLP have both slipped back, again.

However, it is on the fringes that all the action is taking place. Dr Kieran Deeny was elected on a platform to save the local hospital and the NI Green Party has made an historic break through gaining its first ever seat.

Brian Wilson, who has been a councillor since 1981, was elected with 9.2% of the vote clenching the fifth of six places in the North Down constituency.

Congratulations should also go to Eammonn McCann of the Socialist Environmental Alliance for his 5.0% share of the vote in very difficult political territory. A vote that would have, in some other wards gained him a seat. Check also Noel, Greenman, and Derek


Liam Mac Uaid said...

Jim, the real significance of this election is the triumph of Paisley and the imperialist project.

Jim Jay said...

I'm sure you're correct Liam, although I'm fairly certain you agree with me that the election of both the Greens and the independent health campaigner are positive signs in that they mark a vote for progressive politics irrespective of the sectarian divide.

badmat said...

Aren't you just a bit cynical about Brian Wilson defecting from Alliance to the Greens?

Jim Jay said...

I'm not badmat... should I be? What are you refering to that should make me cynical about that?