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Stormont old guard ought to step aside

I WATCHED the Nolan Show last week with an ever-increasing feeling of despair. The same old point-scoring was much in evidence: the Sinn Fein panellist castigated the First Minister for failing to show leadership by condemning certain paramilitaries.

A snapshot of Stormont saw Gregory Campbell responding to the Deputy First Minister's condemnation of racial violence by referring to Mr McGuinness's IRA past.

Apart from Naomi Long, the only people to emerge with any credit were two young people in the audience. Perhaps therein lies the answer.

Now is the time for the old guard to step aside and allow young, fresh and untainted candidates to emerge.

JOHN ORR

Seaforde, Co Down

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