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Sinn Fein claim win in World Mind Games

THE proposed absence of the national anthem during the winners' ceremonies at the World Police and Fire Games shows the lengths politicians are willing to go to ensure 'political neutrality'.

On the face of it, some may agree with this stance. But at last year's Olympic Games in London, there was no question as to whether or not the national anthem should be played; perhaps because it is customary to do so.

Why Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin feels the absence of the British flag and national anthem is the best option is beyond me.

It seems that this was her only option left, although definitely not her favoured one. Nothing would've made Sinn Fein happier than seeing the Irish flag associated with those who still remain a part of the United Kingdom.

With the Games under way, it's a pity there isn't a category for those playing mind games – the culture minister and her spin-doctors would win hands down.

ALISON MacAULEY

Ballymena, Co Antrim

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