It was one of the worst political campaigns of modern times. In 2008 John McCain, the Republican candidate for president of the United States, ran on experience against the comparatively untested Barack Obama. At a time of economic crisis, McCain said, Obama was “ready to tax, not ready to lead”. The Republican could hardly have chosen a less effective message. Understand why and you are some way to understanding our general election result.
Some in the DUP, which is led by Arlene Foster, have said that talks with the Tories “have not proceeded in a way that the DUP would have expected”. One source said that dealing with the Downing Street operation was like wading through treacle Niall Carson/Press AssociationTo save your favourite articles so you can find them later, subscribe to one of our packs.
I have seen up close what trying to run a minority government is like. A few months before the end of the John Major administration in 1992 we lost our majority. I recall sitting in the cabinet room for meetings and little notes would come in. John would read them out. “It’s OK. The Ulster Unionists will be with us tonight.” Or, “We are on our own this evening.”Soon, the notes were coming in to our meetings so thick and fast that no one was bothering to announce their content.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".