As she prepares for her head-to-head encounter (courtesy of Slugger O’Toole) Naomi Long did an interview with “Sticky” Henry McDonald in yesterdays Guardian. I dont suppose that there are many copies of The Guardian sold in East Belfast…it is £1.60 per copy.
“Sticky” McDonalds interview was hardly hard-hitting. It allowed Naomi to be the Ginger Ninja. The ordinary wee girl from Dee Street who …against the odds…won East Belfast from the nasty DUP. This is Naomi’s schtik (sp)…the carefully crafted image of the wee woman facing down sectarian bullies in her constituency. She is absolutely right to turn Loyalist bullying to her advantage.
Curiously Naomi Long is “scathing” about the DUP-UUP electoral pact, which means that her only unionist challenger is Gavin Robinson (DUP).
Curiously Naomi Long is not boycotting the Slugger O’Toole “selective hustings” even though it is a pact. A pact to ensure that only Alliance Party and DUP are taken seriously. Realistically there is only one constituency that Slugger O’Toole gives a damn about. Getting Naomi re-elected is a LetsGetAlongerist priority.
As unionist rivals…UUP and TUV have agreed stand aside to help Gavin Robinson win back the seat for DUP, Slugger O’Toole have sought to neutralise the (not very many) leftist and/or nationalist votes in East Belfast by marginalising the Sinn Féin, SDLP and Green Party candidates.
While Naomi is “scathing”about the DUP-UUP electoral pact, she omits to mention the DUP-Sinn Féin pact, which gives Alliance Party (8 MLAs) two Executive seats while SDLP (14 MLAs) and UUP ((14 MLAs) get one Executive seat each.
Ginger Ninja or just a Hypocrite?