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Petty minister could learn from the Queen

Published 06/10/2016

The decision by DUP minister Michelle McIlveen to change the name of the fisheries vessel from the Irish Banrion Uladh to its English equivalent, Queen of Ulster, (News, September 29) certainly plumbed the depths of political point-scoring.

Contrast this with the approach shown by the minister's own Banrion Uladh, Queen Elizabeth, when, on the occasion of the historic dinner in her honour at Dublin Castle on May 18, 2011, she began her address with the words, "A Uachtarain agus a chairde" ("President and friends") and, with this simple gesture, wooed her largely nationalist audience.

It's the difference between gracefulness and pettiness.


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