Well, a three-year period of elections, and election campaigns, is about to get underway. This all starts with the European parliament elections in May 2014, with Northern Ireland local government elections sometime next year as well – maybe on the same day as the Euro election.
This will be followed by the Westminster election in May 2015, and the NI Assembly election in 2016 - so get ready for plenty of electioneering, point scoring, and retreating into entrenched positions over the next three years.
The first, the Euro next May, has three seats up for grabs in a PR election, in one large Northern Ireland wide constituency.
Speak for Europe, David
The advice from Europe’s voters to David Cameron could not be clearer: If you want popular support across the Channel for your renegotiation strategy, talk not about what’s good for Britain but what’s good for Europe.
YouGov’s latest Eurotracker survey questioned voters in France, Germany and Scandinavia, as well as Britain. Most non-Britons in our survey want Britain to remain in the EU (by big majorities in Germany and Scandinavia, more narrowly in France) – but few people want the EU to make ‘significant concessions’ to the UK.