Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 December 2014

Sinn Fein and the DUP are getting us nowhere

SO, the Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, is too cheesed off with Peter Robinson and the failure of the DUP and their coat-trailers to recognise that the good old days of bigotry and intolerance are no part of the new Ireland voted on by its people, north and south (News, February 7).

What has been going on in Martin's head during the wasted years while he and Peter have been popping up at every photo-opportunity to highlight the success of the DUP/Sinn Fein double-act?

Has the whole expensive pantomime come to nothing but failure built on failure and the danger that we will be back where we started, but much worse off?

Is this the outcome of the most awful abuse of power by two parties that thought they could hoodwink all of the people all of the time?

The challenges of the north cannot be overcome by the DUP and Sinn Fein alone and never could.

Neither is it possible to create two separate communities living in some kind of apartheid environment and expect the tragedies of the past to evaporate as if they never happened.

The time for Martin, Peter, or any of the current players, throwing toys out of the pram are well and truly over.

The time is overdue for people to support the SDLP, who created the infrastructure for peace and reconciliation in the lead-up to the Good Friday Agreement.

Sitting back is not an option.

JOHN DALLAT (SDLP)

MLA for East Londonderry

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