Ballycastle man Ambrose Laverty is set to contest the local government elections on the 2nd May. Mr. Laverty narrowly missed out on a seat in the inaugural contest to the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council in 2014. The former post office clerk is a popular figure who will run again as an Independent candidate. He cites Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as major influences in his political philosophy.
“I’ve got ten years on Sanders so I can’t be too old”, says Ambrose with a cheerful smile.
“Cortez has the same revolutionary zeal that is seeing a positive change in politics globally. We need their kind of leadership in local politics also. I believe if we choose local leaders who will build bridges instead of walls, place intellectual thought and wisdom ahead of ignorance and promote stability over fear, then and only then will we see genuine transparency and justice for our ratepayers.
“No one can claim that Ballycastle and The Glens have been treated fairly since the new Council came into being. Investment has been lacking. Promotion of new and small business is nonexistent and unless you live in Portrush and the triangle area, no capital infrastructure has been delivered at all here. Tourism promotion has been delivered despite the new Council – not because of it. A new hotel – the only one in the Borough completed before the much vaunted Open – has been built in Ballycastle with no support or backing from Council.
“This type of discrimination and unfairness can be challenged with substance instead of superficial immaturity. The tools are at our disposal through legislation and the courts. The tools also exist within the council’s own governance documents and policies. It is knowing how to use them that will make us all grow and prosper in Ballycastle and the Glens. One person with character can make a difference.”