Trusting democracy or a fiscal waste?

Horseman notes what he sees as the utter pointlessness of the TUV forcing a bye election in an 80% nationalist constituency, after Sinn Fein councillor Sam Baker resigned his council seat for Dunmurry Cross… Just had a call from Jim Allister’s office saying they did no such thing…

Update: We have a piecemeal account of what happened. It seems the co-option did take place, but not at the official plenary session of the council scheduled for seven, but in a preliminary meeting at 6.45. It may be an odd way of doing business, but no objections were raised either by the TUV or anyone else so far as we can tell…

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