i cant say that I have seen much about the Alliance Party and East Belfast on Slugger O’Toole. And yet Naomi Long is their favourite politician.
interesting to note that Judith Cochrane MLA has decided not to seek re-selection. She has always looked a bit semi-detached from the Party and while it will be interesting to see what she does after the Assembly elections, it makes life easier for her occasional colleague, Chris Lyttle MLA.
Simply put, either Chris (a nice guy)and Ms Cochrane, (I have never met her) would lose their Assembly seat when Naomi Long, the former MP for East Belfast makes her regal return to local politics for the Assembly. With th Green Party nibbling at the so called “progressive” wing of Alliance, the Party needs Naomi.
And Naomi needs a sear.
Long, Lyttle and Cochrane….three into two wont go. In this game of musical chairs, Judith Cochrane would have lost out and appears to be jumpingg before the Alliance Party or the East Belfast electorate pushed her.
And yet I cant see Naomi Long contenting herself with a back-bench role. She has become anonymous and seemingly being eclipsed by Claire Hanna (SDLP) as the most progresive female politican.
There is something strangely “old” about the Alliance Party. Five of their eight MLAs are even older than I am. And GOD knows …I am very old. Yet Trevor Lunn (Lagan Valley), kIeran McCarthy (Strangford), have been around so long that there is no ready made replacement.
I have long had a feeling that David Ford (who looks increasingly jaded) might call it a day and give up his South Antrim seat, the Alliance Leadership and the Ministry of Justice, where he has been a disaster. Naomi or Stephen Farry (North Down) to replace him?
Anna Lo in South Belfast will likely be replaced by Paula Bradshaw (ex UUP in South Belfast. ‘Nuff said. And Stewarr Dickson (East Antrim)….surely not Ian Parsley (ex-Alliance, ex-Conservative). ‘Niff said.
It seems surprising that the difficulties in Norn Irons leading letsgetalongerist Party have not been more scrutinised.