In the interests of disclosure, I should state that I am no longer a member of SDLP.No big deal. No disagreement over policy and no clash of personality….indeed I don’t actually have a personality.
I have a lot of time for SDLP. They have contributed a lot to Ireland…and I have little doubt that they will do again. They are extremely decent people (and I am sure that’s the same in Sinn Fein….but obviously not the Alliance Party).
I think being a serious blogger and being amember of a political party is not exactly compatible. I did not rejoin SDLP until August 2011…after an absence of almost thirty years. There was a period from November 2010 when SDLP members were encouraging me to join.
To be honest analysing a Party from the fringe is actually much more interesting than simply KNOWING things from the “inside”. I have always been reluctant to blog about stuff that I actually KNEW thru being at a privileged meeting. But would have been much more happy blogging about information I had as stumbled across or analysed. Sometimes it was difficult to disentangle the stuff I KNOW from the stuff I GUESS (Political analysts are just people who guess a lot…don’t be conned that it is a science!)…so for example I have not been a member of my local Branch for over a year….as I wanted to give my colleagues to speak freely without thinking about me (effectively) intelligence gathering for my own curiosity or with aBlog in mind.
What next? Well I do have plans for 2013 and 2014….and I need todo some groundwork. At the minute there is a 95 per cent chance of everything fitting together.
Id like to take a two week break fromBlogging but it’s too busy. Mid Ulster AND a Papal Election and too many LetsGetAlongerist, Alliance,Conflict Resolutionists, liberal Unionist eejits to be confronted on Slugger O’Toole.