It can be difficult working out exactly what parties stand for. They tend to put all their ideas in their Manifestos - their policy promises. This is a Superb BBC guide to all the parties in the UK General election and what their views are on particular issues. This may be useful for any young new voters.
It is clear now more than ever that the pacts are out in the upcoming election. The UUP is not fielding a candidate in North Belfast in the hope of securing a Unionist (DUP) MP in the very tight seat contested with Sinn Fein. However, the SDLP has not put up a candidate in North Belfast which then favours Sinn Fein. The DUP seem to be allowing the UUP to try and win Tyrone and they are not putting a candidate forward there to help this cause. The SDLP and Sinn Fein have made the unprecedented decision not to field three candidates in various constituencies. Power is certainly being tactically carved up.
The short answer is YES! There are a lot of areas that are very applicable to the exams:
There is the realisation that the party despite its obvious progress over recent years still has an ugly taint of the past to overcome. Allegations of past involvement in murders, rapes and disappearances have
hounded the party over the recent years and this makes it difficult to emerge into a modern political
entity accepted by almost all as a legitimate political party. It also anchors the parties reputation as a
‘northern party’ which makes it difficult to fight on an all Ireland agenda. One of the difficulties was
having the controversial figure of Gerry Adams as President. Adams was regarded with obvious respect
by the party but was ‘tainted by the past’ by many of the Irish population and this was recognised.
Mary Lou McDonald as leader therefore has a number of key attributes which could transform Sinn Fein.
So all the dust is settling on the Northern Ireland Assembly election 2017 and there are so many changes you poor Politics students MUST grasp. It has been a momentous year in Politics which is exciting but also takes you to be on the ball and following things!
Here is the KEY POINTS that I think can be picked up from this ASSEMBLY ELECTION 2017:
This article from the Guardian is an excellent insight into the NI Elections and its current pitfalls and dangers.
This timely overview goes through the key things to remember about the upcoming election. You should all be aware by this stage that there will no longer be 108 MLAs but 90. There will be five in each of Northern Ireland's 18 constituencies.
Mr John Wishart -