Election fever in Britain highlights total apathy of Northern parties
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.
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.