Belfast Telegraph

Editor's Viewpoint: A real lack of grit

There is no doubt that snowfalls can disrupt daily life, blocking minor roads, increasing the use of expensive fuels for heating and forcing farmers to bring livestock in from the fields with the attendant costs of feed and fodder.

But do we really need to close nearly 100 schools and do so many people need to take time off work at the first sign of a snowflake? In days gone by when we had less of today's comforts and luxuries, we strove to overcome obstacles rather than succumb to them. It is easy to blame the government for not salting the roads when the real fault is our own lack of grit.

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