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Stormont is an unworkable and pointless farce

Published 09/09/2015

Will Chambre asks the question in his recent Debate NI piece (Online, August 4): is the Stormont crisis too serious for satire?

I recall during the summer term at Stowe around 1944 my old Latin master - the famous PG 'Piggy' Hunter - related to us a story concerning the political class in ancient Rome, taken from the satirical writings of Juvenal.

Somewhere he says something like this: "Yesterday, they were ruffians, today they control our lives, tomorrow they are keepers of the public lavatories." Clearly, this is precisely what has happened in Northern Ireland.

A DUP/Sinn Fein set-up would never work. I gather Westminster will impose the welfare cuts regardless of an agreement, which bodes the question: what is the actual point of Stormont?

As Jonathan Swift rightly said: "We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another."


Holywood, Co Down

Belfast Telegraph

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