To vote for Sinn Fein would require me to remove my hand immediately after ticking the box and then cauterising the stump with hot bleach.
If the SDLP had any balls they'd march round the constituencies witb SFs leaflet in their hands shaming ppl who are tempted to vote tactically for Kelly while also calling the unionists out for their pact.
I have been away for a bit so not had a chance to comment. This was a very good result for the DUP and certainly a disappointing result for SF. Across Northern Ireland the nationalist vote seems to have gone down due to apathy whilst Unionism seems to be getting the vote out and this follows on from the council and European elections of last year. An inital look at the results here support that view however its quite a lazy analysis. We all know Gerry Kelly produced census figures claiming Catholics were now in the majority in North Belfast. The media and Unionists had a field day and claimed that it was sectarian and although I thought it was clumsy I felt it was no more sectarian than the PUL term ie Protestant Unionist Loyalist which is used without any problem by the hypocritical politicians and media. I thought Gerry Kelly's leaflet was dumb simply because the under 18's (majority catholic) from a census cant vote therefore the voting population will still give Unionists a majority. One seriously obvious point seems to have been missed by all the so called experts. The Workers party and Fra Hughes both did very well infact they polled 1500 votes but because the workers party or Fra Hughes have never actually had to designate themselves in the Assembly they are quoted as other when the reality is they are more nationalist/republican than the SDLP. That gives us an actual result of Unionist 47% Nationalist 45.7% ie turnout contrary to what we were told was actually better in the nationalist community here. The problen in a FPTP election being that the DUP will be comfortable for the forseeable future if the nationalist vote remains so split.