DUP and SF incapable of creating good future
The picture presented by the DUP and Sinn Fein, as they emerged from Stormont last week, may best be described as pathetic.
The DUP arrogant, sullen, obstinate; Sinn Fein arrogant, self-righteous, indignant, bearing the crown of the martyr. It represented, above all, a spectacle of failure.
Ten years ago, at St Andrews, the British Government handed both the DUP and Sinn Fein an unrivalled platform for electoral success, as it diluted the Good Friday Agreement and proffered us Paisley and McGuinness as champions of political stability, peace and reconciliation.
Today, the evidence points only to failure, frustration of our hopes and manifest irreconcilability.
These parties - the DUP and Sinn Fein - who have "given us the worst of the past", extreme unionism and extreme nationalism, cannot be expected to give us "the best of the future".
They appear both unwilling and incapable of doing so.
Maghera, Co Londonderry