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Failed leaders throwing away opportunities

Published 03/06/2015

The economic mismanagement of this province (the size of an average GB county) is a sad reflection on the self-proclaimed prudence and hard-headedness of the Northern Ireland people.

The waste of money (and opportunity) over the 19 years since the peace process officially started is a scandal. And yet Sinn Fein claims we should join Wales and Scotland and go begging from Westminster yet again.

And we must not forget the DUP claim before the election that it would support the party that gave it £1bn. Have they no pride?

Where, or when, has either of the two larger parties set out a plan to lead us to a more sustainable economy from which we can pay our way and be responsible about the State benefits which we seem to need more of than other parts of the British Isles?

Better management of many of our resources and services would produce financial savings which could be put to good use.

Have they ever demonstrated a grasp of how to do anything efficiently, or get the public service to deliver services effectively?

It seems that whenever we hear about a major project or initiative, that's all we hear... until it ends in embarrassment and failure, or it is buried and we don't hear of it again.

Is this total incompetence? Or the result of the sectarian carve-up? It is certainly the result of a lack of effective leadership.

TOM EKIN

Belfast

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