Friday 23 February 2018

Declan Lynch: Loonies are the true wild card in poll pack

The presence of so many free spirits on the ballot papers has really livened up the betting, writes Declan Lynch

Having always had a healthy regard for the independents -- or the loonies, if you like -- I was impressed by the number of new independents standing in this election. Many of them remind me of those odd people who emerge every year as composers of songs for the qualifying stages of the Eurovision, an apparently thriving community of very unusual people with a singular obsession.

To the independents of the old school -- the career loonies -- the new breed might be regarded as mere dilettantes, these loony-come-latelys, as it were.

Yet they have rallied to the call, offering us the thrilling prospect that a genuinely free spirit might hold the balance of power in the next Dail, and livening up the betting markets to a level that has never been seen before in the history of western democracy.

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