Forget the makeup of the next government, which won't include SF - people need to understand what SF have been like in government in the North , a completely unique situation with mandatory coalition, petitions of concern and a block grant that is reducing while a tory government cosies up to the UVF.They will also fix the health service by attracting the best medical talent back here and then tax the hell out of them and stop opportunities for their childrens education.
A free leased social house and the average industrial wage for everybody.
Everywhere will be West Belfast
They haven't turned the North into a soviet and they wouldn't have turned the south into one either had they ever got in. They are pragmatic not ideologues. You'd have probably seen money thrown at the traditional left portfolios, health, social welfare, housing.........but they're not stupid to undermine our economic base, food, tourism, manufacturing, life science, IT, data and a thriving tertiary sector.
They would have shocked a lot of people.
I say would have because I don't think they'll ever get in down here. The numbers mean this election is probably their last shot and they won't get the transfers to make it happen. The lifetime of the next government 25-30, will in all likelihood see seismic change across these islands. Their number one policy, unity, will probably have been tested by 2030 without them in government thus removing it as a source of votes whether it passes or not.
FG, FF + where the plus is more likely indies than greens will form the next government. They won't hold 36% for the next 7 years.