Right then May 5th. Always a time for reflection for me. Bobby Sands died on hungerstrike 24 years ago this day. It also adds a certain pathos to the elections in the Six Counties.

I’ve said before that I didn’t hold out much hope anything spectacular in these elections because they’re for Westminster and SF’s abstentionist policy towards those elections causes difficulties. I’ve changed my mind tho and I think that Republicans will get out and vote this time. There’s a kind of siege mentality amongst committed Republicans and they have been defending the movement against an unprecedented barrage of pettifogging. Some of it wasn’t petty admittedly, the McCartney murder was as unpalatable for Republicans as it was for any decent human being. The sight of politicians and elements of the media however, gleefully using it as a stick to beat republicans with, was repugnant too.

I think there’s a distinct possibility that the SDLP will almost disappear after these elections, the UUP too had better get they’re seat belts on, for they are in for a bumpy ride.

Hopefully the unionist vote will split and the Nationalist vote will swing even more to SF. One interesting seat will be in Tyrone with that fecking doctor causing a split. The wee cunt got caught out telling fibs about his future plans. He promised the unionists full support if they would back him but at the same time he promised the same to SDLP.

To Scotland now. We don’t really give a lot of thought to elections in Scotland ‘cos they don’t really have a lot of bearing. Scotland’s got it’s own parliament. It leaves with the clear opportunity for a protest vote. e.g I can vote for any number of pro independence parties all of which I have no real problem voting. SSP, SNP and the Greens all have green policies. All have socialist policies and all have self determination policies. I’m spoiled for choice.

Football took another twist last weekend when Celtic’s lead at the top was reduced to 2 points after losing to Hibs at Parkhead. Rangers won at Aberdeen and so it’s down to 2 points with 3 games left. Celtic’s lost 3 out of the last 6 games at home and that is not good. Not by any manner of means.

We never do it the easy way tho. Where would the fun be in that?