West Tyrone By-election Options

theloner

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After the horrifically embarrassing Barry McElduff affair, also known as the Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds social-media fiasco, where the sitting MP thought it was a funny joke to balance a loaf of Kingsmill bread on his head on the 42nd anniversary of the Kingsmill murders, a by-election has been triggered in the strongly nationalist constituency of West Tyrone. So who is up for replacing Wee Bazza Chiltern Hundreds?

The UUP

Ulster Unionist leader Robin Swann, has called for a "non-partisan candidate who will be a voice for victims" to contest the seat. It might put the SDLP and Alliance in a sticky situation, particularly if the 'victim candidate' is a red, white and blue one. Not withstanding the fact both parties have been against pacts in the past.

SF

Local republicans say they believe it is unlikely to be any of the party's three sitting MLAs that will run - Michaela Boyle, Declan McAleer or Catherine Kelly. Grace McDermott and Peter Canavan have been mentioned.

Barry McElduff will be hidden under the stairs for the duration of the election campaign. Republican sources close to theloner have also claimed Mairtin O'Millionaire has been instructed to make sure Bazza Chiltern Hundreds eats two square meals a day during this period and Michael McIvor has been given the task of holding a flashlight for the other pair as they still haven't replaced the light-bulb under the stairs at Carrickmore SF HQ when it blew during the 2nd hunger-strike.

SDLP

The SDLP candidate is likely to be high-profile MLA Daniel McCrossan. He has been highly critical of how Michelle O'Neill had handled the Kingsmill video situation, saying it totally contradicted her party's "campaign for equality, respect and integrity".

DUP

The DUP's Thomas Buchanan was runner-up to Mr McElduff in June, but he was still more than 10,000 votes behind in a constituency where Sinn Fein have an absolute majority. It looks like they could run either Mr Buchanan or Omagh councillor Errol Thompson. Buchanan is a creationist, strongly pro-Brexit, and anti-gay which means he probably won't improve on his outing next time round in this constituency.


Others

Máiría Cahill has suggested Breege Quinn, whose son Paul Quinn was murdered in 2007. However, Mrs Quinn last night ruled herself out as a possible candidate.

One unionist source suggested Sharon Gault, who is from a Catholic background and is married to Stephen Gault, whose father was killed in the Enniskillen bombing in 1987.

Da Last Figures

Sinn Féin Barry McElduff 22,060
DUP Thomas Buchanan 11,718
SDLP Daniel McCrossan 5,635
UUP Alicia Clarke 2,253
Alliance Stephen Donnelly 1,000


So, would you like a game of political football or political chess? Move your first pawn.

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/fascinating-byelection-looms-to-fill-barry-mcelduff-seat-36492540.html
https://www.irishnews.com/news/politicalnews/2018/01/16/news/west-tyrone-by-election-who-could-challenge-sinn-fe-in--1233024/
 


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I'll be (pleasantly) surprised if SF vote drops by more than 1% - 2%, waste of time and effort.
 

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After the horrifically embarrassing Barry McElduff affair, also known as the Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds social-media fiasco, where the sitting MP thought it was a funny joke to balance a loaf of Kingsmill bread on his head on the 42nd anniversary of the Kingsmill murders, a by-election has been triggered in the strongly nationalist constituency of West Tyrone. So who is up for replacing Wee Bazza Chiltern Hundreds?

The UUP

Ulster Unionist leader Robin Swann, has called for a "non-partisan candidate who will be a voice for victims" to contest the seat. It might put the SDLP and Alliance in a sticky situation, particularly if the 'victim candidate' is a red, white and blue one. Not withstanding the fact both parties have been against pacts in the past.

SF

Local republicans say they believe it is unlikely to be any of the party's three sitting MLAs that will run - Michaela Boyle, Declan McAleer or Catherine Kelly. Grace McDermott and Peter Canavan have been mentioned.

Barry McElduff will be hidden under the stairs for the duration of the election campaign. Republican sources close to theloner have also claimed Mairtin O'Millionaire has been instructed to make sure Bazza Chiltern Hundreds eats two square meals a day during this period and Michael McIvor has been given the task of holding a flashlight for the other pair as they still haven't replaced the light-bulb under the stairs at Carrickmore SF HQ when it blew during the 2nd hunger-strike.

SDLP

The SDLP candidate is likely to be high-profile MLA Daniel McCrossan. He has been highly critical of how Michelle O'Neill had handled the Kingsmill video situation, saying it totally contradicted her party's "campaign for equality, respect and integrity".

DUP

The DUP's Thomas Buchanan was runner-up to Mr McElduff in June, but he was still more than 10,000 votes behind in a constituency where Sinn Fein have an absolute majority. It looks like they could run either Mr Buchanan or Omagh councillor Errol Thompson. Buchanan is a creationist, strongly pro-Brexit, and anti-gay which means he probably won't improve on his outing next time round in this constituency.


Others

Máiría Cahill has suggested Breege Quinn, whose son Paul Quinn was murdered in 2007. However, Mrs Quinn last night ruled herself out as a possible candidate.

One unionist source suggested Sharon Gault, who is from a Catholic background and is married to Stephen Gault, whose father was killed in the Enniskillen bombing in 1987.

Da Last Figures

Sinn Féin Barry McElduff 22,060
DUP Thomas Buchanan 11,718
SDLP Daniel McCrossan 5,635
UUP Alicia Clarke 2,253
Alliance Stephen Donnelly 1,000


So, would you like a game of political football or political chess? Move your first pawn.

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/news-analysis/fascinating-byelection-looms-to-fill-barry-mcelduff-seat-36492540.html
https://www.irishnews.com/news/politicalnews/2018/01/16/news/west-tyrone-by-election-who-could-challenge-sinn-fe-in--1233024/
I hope Barry McElduff is a candidate - this time as an Independent on a promise that, if re-elected, he will take his seat at Westminster and use parliamentary privilege to "out" Prods who have committed aggression (of any type) against Catholics. I hope that Barry runs as a "give the Prods a taste of their own medicine" candidate. If nothing else, his doing so would test the waters to gauge whether there is a "market" for that type of Catholic party.
 

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I'll be (pleasantly) surprised if SF vote drops by more than 1% - 2%, waste of time and effort.
Depending on how the opposing candidates conduct their campaign, it may actually rise. Particularly if, as theloner puts it, a "red, white and blue" victims candidate is selected.
 

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Of curse the OP shows that the hounding of McElduff was not about decency or victims but about smashing SF.

Any victim will be trampled on if it allows an attack on SF. And the media row in behind without hesitation.
 

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I'll be (pleasantly) surprised if SF vote drops by more than 1% - 2%, waste of time and effort.
I think you could see a decent size fall in their vote given their foisting this totally unnecessary election upon the people of West Tyrone in order to suck up to the Dublin establishment which will always hate them.
 

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Depending on how the opposing candidates conduct their campaign, it may actually rise. Particularly if, as theloner puts it, a "red, white and blue" victims candidate is selected.
Victims deserve to have their voices heard but it's unhealthy to politicise them more than they already are, irrespective of which side of the divide they're from. It's an election, you fight it based on your policies, not based on the emotions around victims.
 

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The UUP and DUP should run William Frazer as a "victim's candidate". If our politics are going to be farcical than we might as well go the whole hog.
 

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Of curse the OP shows that the hounding of McElduff was not about decency or victims but about smashing SF.

Any victim will be trampled on if it allows an attack on SF. And the media row in behind without hesitation.
Ffs McElduff gave unionists a penalty kick. They took it and predictably hit the crossbar. No one forced McElduff to act a clown. The losers in this are the families of the Kingsmill victims and to a degree the O'Dowd and Reavey clanns, just as the families of the Gibraltar 3 were the victims when Campbell came out with his bollox in the summer, including a daughter of one of the dead who hated what her father did and how it ended up.

Blaming the media for hounding SF is utterly pathetic and a does a disservice to the party I am sure you wish to promote.
 

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Ffs McElduff gave unionists a penalty kick. They took it and predictably hit the crossbar. No one forced McElduff to act a clown. The losers in this are the families of the Kingsmill victims and to a degree the O'Dowd and Reavey clanns, just as the families of the Gibraltar 3 were the victims when Campbell came out with his bollox in the summer, including a daughter of one of the dead who hated what her father did and how it ended up.

Blaming the media for hounding SF is utterly pathetic and a does a disservice to the party I am sure you wish to promote.
just as the families of the Gibraltar 3 were the victims when Campbell came out with his bollox in the summer, including a daughter of one of the dead who hated what her father did and how it ended up.

Tell us more

- got a link for that SVP?
 

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Did MacDumb really apply for the Chiltern 100s ?

I thought Gerry set the tone there by just resigning and let the Brits sort it all out?
 

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Did MacDumb really apply for the Chiltern 100s ?

I thought Gerry set the tone there by just resigning and let the Brits sort it all out?
You really don't understand how this works, do you?

1: MP tenders resignation to Speaker of the House.
2: MP is "appointed" to one of two "Offices of Profit" by the HoC, legally removing him from his postion as an elected MP.

You do not simply "apply" to become a Steward or Bailiff of the Chiltern Hundreds.
 

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Omagh bomb relative Kevin Skelton whose wife was killed in the blast has said he would stand as a 'unity' candidate. However once Nationalists and Republicans in West Tyrone take the view that the Kingsmill issue is being politically exploited they will turn out in their 1000's for Sinn Fein.
 

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That sort of vile tomfoolery is every bit as bad as McElduff's and the DUP have the nerve to complain about the latter and laugh at Campbell's joke.
Politics in the north is toxic, and for that reason alone I'd like to see the Assembly mothballed for another 20 years, if only to deprive some of the vermin currently elected to it of an income.
 

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That sort of vile tomfoolery is every bit as bad as McElduff's and the DUP have the nerve to complain about the latter and laugh at Campbell's joke.
Politics in the north is toxic, and for that reason alone I'd like to see the Assembly mothballed for another 20 years, if only to deprive some of the vermin currently elected to it of an income.
It wasn't just the politicians.
The British Army made fun of the two joyriders they shot dead, one a teenaged girl, in West Belfast by making a mock up of the car they were in with a sick take on a popular ad from the time.
They had falsely claimed the car had crashed through a checkpoint to justify the shooting.
 

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Máiría Cahill has suggested Breege Quinn, whose son Paul Quinn was murdered in 2007. However, Mrs Quinn last night ruled herself out as a possible candidate.
Surely the good people of Dublin 4 might prevail on Sweet Máiria herself to carry the banner of responsible victimhood and impose their views on the recalcitrant oiks of West Tyrone. Were she to be nominated by Micheál Martin, Leo Varadkar, Joanie Burton and her best friend forever Lorraine Higgins, she could confirm the overwhelming support the Dublin media has found among the ordinary decent Papists of Ulster for their concerns for their welfare.
 

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That sort of vile tomfoolery is every bit as bad as McElduff's and the DUP have the nerve to complain about the latter and laugh at Campbell's joke.
Politics in the north is toxic, and for that reason alone I'd like to see the Assembly mothballed for another 20 years, if only to deprive some of the vermin currently elected to it of an income.
I think in the West Tyrone by-election

Vote for "DOG",

he will represent all constituents
He will turn up at Westminster
He will make West Tyrone have a voice were the vital decisions are being made
He will not make innocent victims of murder feel insulted.
He will not balance things on his head (obviously apart from a bowler hat on the glorious Twelfth)
He will ensure West Tyrone gets a fair share of the extra 1.5billion the British Government has promised.
He will prioritise healhcare and education.

Vote DOG unionist but fair and honest.
 


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