It would appear from the latest Padraig / Patrick election materials being circulated in the “West of the Bann” area that the often referred to “threat of sectarianism” has been defeated, or it never really existed and was just a rather convenient soundbite for “project fear”.
Either way, well done Padraig / Patrick.
Setting aside the apparent need to separate and divide the challenges facing members East and West of the Bann, terminology which in itself is part of the divisive sectarian vocabulary and mindset, it would be interesting to see or hear something about this “strategy to defend jobs and services West of the Bann” and how and why it differs from his, also unseen, strategy to defend jobs and services everywhere else in Northern Ireland.
On the “West of the Bann” issue Sinn Fein seem to agree with Padraig / Patrick (or Padraig / Patrick seems to agree with Sinn Fein, whichever) as can be seen here. So, perhaps refusing to “cosy up” to politicians (of whatever political hue) isn’t such a good strategy when it comes to saving / creating jobs?