Possibly not good news for the moderate middle ground parties, but Barry White, a long time supporter of both the peace process and the Belfast Agreement is not sanguine about the likely outcome, and believes that dulled expectations of the outcome will not encourage the moderate vote to stay engaged in politics.
Yes, it seems to me we’re headed for another bad election, from the point of view of the “decent” people who want results, not more windbaggery. In a nasty scrap, the “difficult” people come out on top. We’re down to the nitty gritty, and however much governments might want to construct a devolved administration, taking devolved decisions, there isn’t enough agreement to make it work. Stalemate is our natural state, now that we’ve chosen parties with diametrically different aims, so we’ll have to ignore it, which most of us will
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