It really has been quite a week for the Assembly. It looked very much like all change but no change as the results came out from the Assembly elections. However, in the fall out, something important is happening. The smaller Unionist and Nationalist parties - the SDLP and UUP have not been content to nurse their post election wounds and just 'accept' the scraps from the table that the two larger parties are prepared to offer them.
REMEMBER TO KNOW THE KEY POLICY DIFFERENCES:
These are a few wee charts I have put together to show the state of the parties over the past 18 years. You can hopefully see some clear trends from it:
This little video clip helps explain the key policy differences between the Sinn Fein and the DUP. It doesn't cover all they disagree on (that would be hours! :) ) However, it does get across the key points.
This question was asked in Summer 2015. Its background. is still very relevant to any question on the Assembly / Executive or Political parties. I hope it helps.
This is a topic which comes up frequently - Please make sure you understand it well
Again this is British Politics basics and should be well understood
This is a staple topic for so many politics questions and should be very well understood
Mr John Wishart -