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Independent candidates make elections more interesting

Independent candidates such as Ruth Patterson make elections more interesting. The former DUP councillor may not succeed but she is likely to land a few body blows along the way
AS a rule Northern Ireland does not do 'independents' at elections. Perhaps that's because so many of the political parties have their mavericks. Yet in the Republic of Ireland it's the independents with their pork barrel demands that are holding the country to ransom or holding the balance of power, if you prefer to be polite. Whether or not we northerners see an opportunity to follow that or not, is untested but looking at the lists there's quite a selection to choose from. Let's start with the best known of the independents, outgoing MLA John McCallister [...]
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