Independents form alliance to offer New Vision for politics

A COHORT of independent candidates have banded together to form a political alliance which pledges to vote as a unit on four national issues if elected.

New Vision, which currently has 19 candidates, is promising to change the way politics operates, and wants to rail “against the power and might of those who have nearly destroyed us and our collective future”.

Made up of diverse names from Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan in Roscommon, David McCarthy in Cork, to two of its founders Eamon Blaney in Dublin North East and Nick Crawford in Dún Laoghaire, the organisation expects to have 25 candidates under its umbrella in the coming weeks.

The group has four binding polices, which are:

* The separation of bank debt and sovereign debt.

* A viable workable strategy to create and retain jobs.

* The overhaul of the political, public and civil service.

* Look for a better deal for the country’s energy and natural resources.

Mr Crawford admitted the group will be hitting the ground running as it has lost vital time following the collapse of the much-vaunted Democracy Now group, which included Fintan O’Toole and Senator Shane Ross.

“When we got word of what David McWilliams was trying to do, we approached him as we didn’t want lots of different umbrellas springing up. That fell through and we have lost a bit of time,” he said.

The organisation will have visible branding, a Dublin headquarters and people manning the phones.

Each candidate, however, is still running as an individual, and is free to pursue any issues or policies important to their own area and constituencies.

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