Sinn Fein are now the largest Nationalist Party in the North. The SF victory is an emphatic vindication of the Armalite and ballot box strategy espoused by Martin Guinness which collapsed the Unionist regime and resulted in the Good Friday Agreement, a victory for Irish Nationalism.
Constitutional Nationalism as practised by the SDLP failed to deliver Nationalist aspirations. The SDLP should now leave the field of battle and allow SF to gain in strength from an undivided Nationalist vote in preparation for the final struggle with the Unionist foe. SF should meet SDLP voters half way by moving to the centre of politics where elections are won and dropping some of their ultra left wing policies such as unrestricted abortion.