Stormont could teach America a thing or two about democracy

The Assembly election takes place on Thursday. Picture by Paul Faith, Press Association
CONVENTION  dictates that newspaper columnists write nothing on election day that might be interpreted as seeking to influence your vote. This may be good manners but it is rather presumptuous. I would not let a columnist tell me how to vote and I have no reason to believe anyone else is more suggestible. However, at least it is possible for election outcomes at Stormont to change. In many ‘normal’ democracies, results stay the same for decades and can be predicted in dispiriting detail before a single vote has been cast. Well over half the UK’s 650 Westminster [...]

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