Alasdair McDonnell's Irish News interview has gained much attention because of the comments on politicians' pay and pensions. This has made Alasdair a punch bag for the radio talk shows and allowed internal enemies to come out and attack him.
However, the real problem with the interview is that it has no narrative for the SDLP, Northern Ireland or nationalism. It listed a range of things he intended to do but they lacked a vision and a coherency. No one doubts Alasdair's willingness to do work and that is reflected in what he said but activity is not strategy and all he offered in his interview was activity.