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It's time to deliver a shock to Stormont

If I leave it to my wife to select my meal in a restaurant, then I can't complain if I get a low-calorie salad when I really wanted steak. The same principle applies to elections.

If we don't vote ourselves, we require someone else to choose for us - and look at the results.

We have a deteriorating health service with GPs in crisis, school budgets are declining and class sizes are growing with classrooms poorly heated, while Stormont squanders public money heating empty sheds through the Renewable Heat Initiative.

Too many of us, especially the young, first-time voters, feel forgotten and ignored. We feel the politicians don't represent us and that voting will change nothing.

But if we stay at home, we leave it to others who will make the same choice they have always made.

This time, we can reject those who have dominated Stormont's squabbles for the past 10 years.

Under proportional representation, where no vote is wasted, we can vote for the smaller parties that want to change society and move away from past failures.

Other recent elections have shown that, when first-time voters come out in force, real and dramatic change is possible.

It is clearly time for us to shock some sense into Stormont. Let's vote for real change.

ARNOLD CARTON

Belfast

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