From the News Letter Sam McBride has questions about the decline of the Sinn Fein vote in the North.
The general election’s disastrous outcome for unionism and the rapid rise of the Alliance Party has masked that the result is profoundly concerning for Sinn Fein.
Where there has been focus on Sinn Fein’s problems over the last few days, it has focused on Foyle – understandable because what had been a Sinn Fein lead of 169 votes turned into a landslide majority of more than 17,000 for SDLP leader Colum Eastwood.
In a safe nationalist seat where the SDLP put up a credible candidate and nationalist voters could express their preference without any fear of a unionist victory, voters deserted Sinn Fein’s Elisha McCallion en masse.
Ms McCallion was widely regarded – even among some republicans – as simply not up to the job.
Continue reading @ the News Letter.