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Sinn Fein would be daft to force another election when joining with FF would give them "electoral respectability" and put the Troubles behind them.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Feb 9th, 2020 at 08:18:15 PM EST
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Expecting Sinn Fein to do the smart thing = triumph of hope over experience

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun Feb 9th, 2020 at 08:25:31 PM EST
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They're in a great negotiating position. This is Martin's last chance, if they ran more candidates in a repeat election they would win more seats (based on the current vote percentage) and could even become the largest party. Unlikely, but a temptation.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Feb 9th, 2020 at 08:36:44 PM EST
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But currently they're able to be an opposition party, anti-establishment etc etc. Hard to pull that off when you're in power.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Sun Feb 9th, 2020 at 10:38:04 PM EST
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