A tight focus on North Down has better odds for medium-term success than the usual rash of paper candidacies.
The DUP try to hold their position in the face of pro-Remain pacts whilst Sinn Féin try to unseat their leader and the smaller parties fight to regain Westminster representation.
A devolved government, shut for over two years now, is a damning indictment on all the five main parties here.
Also: Welsh Labour abandon investigation into Sargeant as Jones faces fresh accusations; and Mundell suggests a dangerous retreat on EU powers.
Our Party has a proud history of trying to bring normal politics to the Province. UKIP have shown that progress is possible: we must commit to making it.
The general election saw nationalism fall back as unionism recaptured two seats and fall just short of decapitating the SDLP in Belfast.