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Election fever in Britain highlights total apathy of Northern parties

Published 19/04/2010 | 05:00

WHAT might turn out to be the largest political grouping in Northern Ireland has not yet nominated candidates for the election or unveiled a manifesto, nor will they, for this is the Apathy Party.

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The growing excitement in Britain only serves to highlight the comparative hollowness of the election locally, the lack of focus and the failure to engage the public.

This is partly a consequence of devolution. The focus has now shifted to Stormont as the place where the bread-and-butter issues of work, welfare, health, education, and now policing are dealt with.

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