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Electorate hungry for change, not old regime

What a sad and unedifying spectacle it is to watch politicians of the stature and experience of Jim Rodgers and Chris McGimpsey allowing themselves to become the willing patsies of the DUP's project fear strategy (News, February 27).

They are playing totally into the hands of the DUP/Sinn Fein monolith, which bears no dissent, or change, and wants only to keep the status quo as it is.

Mike Nesbitt and Colum Eastwood are offering the people of Northern Ireland the chance of real change and the opportunity to at last move away from the tribal voting mindset that has kept us manacled to the stagnant impasse that has informed the DUP/Sinn Fein administrations over the past 10 years.

Contrary to Mr Rodgers's and Mr McGimpsey's claims, my experience while canvassing has been an expression of hunger for change, especially among the 45% of electors who did not vote last May.

Disgust and dismay with scandal after scandal, ineptitude and arrogance is rife and may well translate into significant change tomorrow.

RICHARD KENNEDY

Belfast

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