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Stubborn politicians not fit for purpose

A week ago, I referred to this place as a political wasteland. In the short few days since, it has come to resemble a barren wilderness - wild and impassable.

Remember before the last Assembly election, when political leaders tripped over each other to pronounce that there would be "no red lines" on the page of political negotiation.

Today, the writing on the page is virtually obliterated by red lines. Thick and obdurate. Like a schoolchild's bad piece of homework, disfigured by the teacher's red marker.

At the bottom of the page there should appear the electorate's stark command: "Take back this disgraceful piece of work and rewrite properly before school starts in September." The present piece of homework should be consigned to the nearest bonfire.

Joe McBride

Co Londonderry

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