The big yellow door at the Alliance Party headquarters opens and a staffer escorts me back to an overly-warm office smelling of perfume where I am greeted in an unplaceable accent by the ebullient, wavy-haired Kate Nicholl. After a minute of small talk and banter Kate runs off to the kitchen to grab me a mug of green tea and I am left in silence to take in my surroundings.

Splashes of yellow blurt out from every corner of the room. Yellow party literature, yellow daffodils, yellow party pens. Dozens of Thank You cards from constituents and integrated schools are displayed atop the shelves and two desks. Behind me, on the filing cabinet, is a Brian John Spencer cartoon of Anna Lo raising up two hands in a peace-sign salute.

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