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Sinn Fein complains over the DUP's 'arrogance', yet it shows no respect to the Secretary of State

I refer to the appearance of a Sinn Fein delegation at Stormont this week, when they entered — but, apparently, abruptly left — a meeting with Secretary of State James Brokenshire, complaining about “waffle” on his part.

One member of the delegation was sporting, albeit with a jacket, a pair of jeans.

Generally, I have no interest, within reason, with what others choose to wear.

I am sure that there are those who will say that jeans on a middle-aged man is not indicative of sartorial elegance at the best of times (as I have been told).

The point is that, if the current Sinn Fein mantra of “respect” is to have any meaning, surely a public representative would at least avoid wearing jeans if representing his community at a meeting with a Government minister and, thereafter, meeting the media?

Does this indicate “respect” for the senior elected representative of the British Government?

After cutting the meeting short and Sinn Fein complaining in public about a private discussion, it seems that “respect” doesn’t extend to some (in this case, the British Government), but must for others.

This party may have been correct to complain of DUP “arrogance” and “lack of respect”, but it appears that they may guilty of the same faults they accuse others of having.

ALD TOM CAMPBELL (ALLIANCE)

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council

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