The Andersonstown News this week is full of victory for the Sinn Fein camp, and while their is honour in them holding true to their ideals, one has to wonder where the electorate features in all of this. This isn't about being the biggest party, nor is it about getting Martin McGuinness into the first minister position, this is about how to serve the electorate. No where in any write up in the Andersonstown news do I see the word 'cuts', and how Sinn Fein as an abstentionist party will deal with them. It's about victory, and that is honourable, but to concentrate on victory, or who is the biggest boy in the playground is to miss the point entirely.
Lets see how they handle the severe cuts coming to their electorate. Sinn Fein cannot ask people to protest against cuts they are in power to implement, they are a party in power not opposition, they cannot be in a coalition that will oversee cuts and then complain about the cuts, that simply isn't going to wash when people feel necessity knocking on the door.