So on 7th March 2013, we have a bye election in Mid Ulster and BBC Spotlight stages a “Special”.
And the five panelists are Mitchel McLaughlin (Sinn Féin), Mike Nesbitt (UUP), Arlene Foster (DUP), Steven Agnew (Green) and Bernadette McAliskey self identifying as a Republican Socialist and Feminist.
Now that seems odd…two Republicans…but with the best will in the world, Bernie is now a fringe performer. Clearly a former MP for the area but just how relevant is she at this time? I dont think that in 2013, she is as relevant as Patsy McGlone of SDLP.
Steven Agnew of the Green Party got the “middle ground” gig tonight. And that seems (for once) unfair on the Alliance Party…not that I am overly concerned.
And Arlene Foster AND Mike Nesbitt???? What is the point when they are running an agreed candidate in Mid Ulster???
Not at all good.