Being an Independent was once admirable, now it is just laughable. Be prepared to be ignored, ridiculed, hated, slandered, lied about, defamed and spat at.
Independents are accountable to, yet overwhelmingly ignored by their electors. Policy positions are generally robust and developed in the best interests of the communities they represent. They are able to think for themselves and tend to advocate very strongly for the electorate, but they rarely, if ever, achieve the support of the community.
Whilst it's true that it can be difficult to be heard as a single voice in Parliament, it can also be a position of power but the Indpendent will have to sell their soul or their arse. Very often it used to be the Independents who forced the Government to act on the community's wishes, as the balance of power between the major parties means there is room for leverage and negotiation. Also, because of the grass roots nature of Independents, they were able to bring issues to the attention of the Parliament, which may not have been acknowledged before.
Independents are a complete waste of time.. just vote Red or Blue people.
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