Belfast Telegraph

Name streets after those who bring distinction to our city, like John Stewart Bell

Editor's Viewpoint

Belfast councillors say they don't name streets after people because it could cause controversy. It is a fear which doesn't usually rein in their actions and in the particular case under consideration, it is a convention which should be abandoned.

John Stewart Bell was one of the most eminent physicists of the 20th century and is fully deserving of having a street named in his honour in his native city. But this honour should be confined to men or women who have brought distinction to the city in fields like science, the arts or human endeavour, indeed virtually any activity far removed from the squabbles which pass for politics here.

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