‘Questions for the Opposition’ – By Colm Dore

This election raises questions for the out-going Executive, but also questions for the out-going Opposition. Much Opposition criticism of the Executive appears to deny the basis upon which the Executive functions. The Executive is based on nurturing a post-conflict relationship between the leaders of the Irish nationalist and Unionist communities. The SDLP say that, with…

Why did our party leaders go AWOL? By Eamonn Mallie

This was a curious General Election campaign in Northern Ireland. Curious in the sense that those charged with respective leadership in their parties when called upon, failed to stand up and be counted. In fact most of the leaders went missing. Last night’s BBC – so called ‘leaders’ debate’ gave us only one party leader…

‘The Politics of Frustration’ by David McKittrick

    Harry Midgley was a now largely forgotten politician who was active in Belfast from the 1920s until the 1950s. Midgley’s political journey took him from his early days – when loyalists called him a Bolshevik – to a ministry in a unionist government. Although more than half a century has passed since his…