Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

DUP and Sinn Fein must shape up now or ship out

The continued failure by both the DUP and Sinn Fein to operate and run a successful power sharing administration and their continued procrastination in recent weeks regarding holding a meeting of the Executive proves that these two political parties do not even have the basic capability for running the affairs of Northern Ireland.



Instead both the DUP and Sinn Fein are playing a game of political chess in order to achieve their own political objectives to the detriment of the people of Northern Ireland.

Whilst Sinn Fein and the DUP are using the devolution of policing and justice and powers as bartering tools, other political parties such as the SDLP and the Ulster Unionists have been waiting patiently to have important matters of business passed but cannot due to Sinn Fein and the DUP procrastinating over a meeting of the Executive.

If the DUP and Sinn Fein continue over the coming weeks and months ahead to use the Executive meeting as a ransom for concessions to issues that should have been fully resolved and agreed at St Andrews and in the lead up in May 2007 to the devolution of powers back to the Northern Ireland Assembly, then both parties should either shape up or ship out and let parties like the SDLP and Ulster Unionists just get on with the running of Northern Ireland.

PATRICK CLARKE

Dundrum

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