Allan submits his nomination papers

Early this morning, I called in to see my electoral agent, Eric
Bullick, at Omagh Integrated Primary School. Their 17-year-old
temporary accommodation is testament to the Government’s lip service to
integrated education. It was a short drive over to the electoral
office, where I submitted my nomination papers.

Outside the office was a small scrum of reporters and photographers.
I was only too happy to oblige, except that there was serious business
to do and I didn’t want to miss my alloted appointment.

I met a few more local reporters, which was a pleasure. I was asked
some typical new candidate questions, and a couple of tricky ones. I
find it’s the calm manner in which these harder questions are asked
that make it all the more challenging to respond. The barking dog,
Jeremy Paxman style of interviewing, on the contrary, I find very dull
and predictable.

All of my paperwork was in order, and after the formal photo for the BBC was taken, I was free to go.

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