[Photo Galleries ][Polls Discussion ]
Posted by Barbarian on December 03, 2003 at 13:08:04:
In Reply to: Re: the only competent opposition in this country? posted by JB on December 03, 2003 at 12:45:23:
Well the defineing feature of sinn fein is their ability to sway with the prevailing wind. The election of Alex Maskey in the leafy Malone Rd. shows that they had the ability to swipe the SDLP's traditional middle class vote in this area.
Your right that they are weak on policy and before their win in the recent election could simply have been dismissed as a political creature of the IRA. They now seem to be attracting fairly quality and credible candidates in the north, however their representatives in the Dail leave much to be disired, Caoimhghin O Caolain as their leader speaks volumes on their quality.
However, regretful as it is to have a political party, like sinn fein, centre stage in the peace process as a result of their ties and influence with an armed group, they have been tied into that process. And remember where sinn fein are now, Fianna Fail were 60 years ago.