Incidentally, having been elected in West Belfast, I see that Gerry Adams is now heading off to County Louth to contest the next Irish General Election. He has announced that he will stand down from Westminster to do so. I wonder does Gerry know it's not a simple matter of handing in a resignation. In order to stand down, an MP has to disqualify himself by being appointed to an Office of Profit under the Crown. Two such positions are available - Gerry can become the Crown Steward and Bailiff of either the Chiltern Hundreds or the Manor of Northstead. As he would, thereby, be the Queen's servant and in the Queen's pay he is disqualified from Parliament. Just you watch, if past form is any guide, by the time the Louth election campaign starts he'll be denying that the Queen's servant and appointee.
- Referred to British once, Northern Ireland 53 times, United Kingdom 2 times, and Republic 3 times.
- Mentioned Sinn Fein twice, DUP 16 times, SDLP once and not a mention of the UUP or the Alliance Party
- Talked of East Belfast once and Assembly 17 times
- Referred to the Economy 6 times, economic 9 times and priority 4 times
- Mentioned election 15 times and the Queen 5 times and no mention of the Pope
- Included Opportunity 3 times , courage once, never 8 times
- Talked about Shared twice, new 39 times Politics and Political both 9 times
- Referred to Gerry 11 times, Caitriona 5 times and Margaret twice