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Mechanics of Stormont are just not working

Published 18/06/2015

THE present mechanics of government are worrying, as it is not the MLAs' fault they have the frailties of democratic politicos in wanting to remain in a job at the next election - it is ours.

We still vote tribally. Paddy McEvoy (Write Back, June 15) mentioned that leadership is not shown. This is true. Why risk it?

MLAs have downgraded their roles to CAB workers, while having delegated their law-making role to judges.

If our consociational government fails, what next? Should we elect the plebiscite model of Switzerland and let the people decide on important matters?

Or put in place a mechanism that overturns petitions of concern if they don't make economic sense for others that do not align themselves to a dogma of extremist thinking?

PHILIP McNEILL

Lisburn, Co Antrim

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